Kenya: Pioneer Satellite To Be Launched This Week

Kenya will on Friday, May 11, 2018, launch its first locally-made satellite into space, the BBC reported on May 7, 2018. The satellite will help in weather forecasting, observing farming trends and monitoring the country’s coastline. The 10-cm cube Nano-satellite will be shot up about 4,000 kms from earth from the Kennedy Space Centre in the US. It was built by engineers at the University of Nairobi with support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency for the project worth 1 million US dollars (551 million FCFA). The satellite has an estimated lifespan of between 12 to 18 months, Capital FM said.

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