Kenya will launch its first locally-made satellite into space on Friday.
The satellite will help with weather forecasting, and observe farming trends and monitor the country’s coastline, reports Capital FM.
The 10cm cube nano-satellite will be shot up about 4,000kms from earth from the Kennedy Space Center in the US. It was built by engineers at the University of Nairobi with support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, BBC reports.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, paid for the 100m Kenyan shillings ($1m; £740,000) satellite reports the Nation.
According to CIO Central Africa, the satellite was developed when UoN was selected to be the first beneficiary from the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) KiboCUBE Program.
Prof. Peter Mbithi, University of Nairobi, Vice-Chancellor, announced the launch date during the Nairobi innovation week opening ceremony; where he noted that under the theme:
“Innovation for a better tomorrow”; the university had an obligation to lead when it came to innovating and thus commended the engineers for their work.
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