Kenya has launched its first satellite CubeSat which is obvious by the name a cube shaped satellite. This launched occured on 2nd of April 2018 this Monday at 16:30 hrs (Eastern USA local time). This is a milestone for Kenya for exploration into space.This satellite was developed by University of Nairobi in collaboration with the University of Rome. The selected team was first announced during teh TICAD VI, as a beneficially of the first round of the KiboCUBE Programme.
This KiboCUBE is an initiative that offers educational and research institutions from developing countries, the opportunity to deploy cube satellites from the Japanese Kibo module of the international Space Station (ISS).
This project was developed under the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The team from University of Nairobi handed over the Satellite to JAXA and also known as “First Kenya University Nano Satellite-Precursor Flight” (1KUNS-PF).“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.
This Satellite will be deployed into space in next month.