Kenya’s first Satellite, a Cube Satellite (CubeSat) has been launched into the International Space Station.
The launch which occurred on Monday this week at 16:30 hrs (Eastern USA local time) has been hailed as a milestone in Kenya’s exploration into space by CS Monica Juma.
The Cube Satellite was developed by the University of Nairobi in collaboration with the University of Rome. The selected team was first announced during the TICAD VI, as a beneficially of the first round of the KiboCUBE Programme.
KiboCUBE is an initiative that offers educational and research institutions from developing countries, the opportunity to deploy cube satellites (CubeSats) from the Japanese Kibo module of the International Space Station (ISS).
The Kenyan CubeSatellite developedunder the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), which is Japan’s National Aero-space agency programme was delivered to JAXA on January 16,2018 in preparation for its deployment into space.
A team from the University of Nairobi, handed over to JAXA the Satellite it had developed known as “First Kenya University Nano Satellite-Precursor Flight” (1KUNS-PF) at the JAXA Tsukuba Space Centre.
“Kenya is very proud to be associated and involved through TICAD VI in the development of the Satellite. we hope this is only a beginning of many collaborations and initiatives for Kenya under the KiboCUBEprogramme,” CS Monica Said.
The deployment of the satellite into space will take place late next month.