Kenya is expected to deploy its first satellite from the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday at 1300hrs local time. The satellite was delivered to the ISS on April 2nd and is going to make a historical mark in Kenya for being the first of its kind to charter into space.
The satellite was developed by engineers from the University of Nairobi in collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in a project financed by Japan at KSH120m.
The 10cm cube satellite described as a Nano-satellite will mainly be used to observe farming trends as well as monitor Kenya’s coastline. Upon its launch into space, it will be launched into action by a robotic arm.
The cube has two commercial cameras and microphones to record sound and automatically upload online. The gadgets can enable earth mapping, outer space observation, and coastline monitoring.
Kenyan joins the ranks of Egypt, South Africa, Morocco, Algeria, Ghana and Angola with satellites in Space.