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ISS will launch the first satellite in Kenya on May 11th



Kenya's first satellite, built by the University of Nairobi (UoN), will be launched on May 11 at approximately 1:00 pm. The UoN has invited interested people to follow live events from Japan and the International Space Station at noon, where the satellite was delivered on April 2nd and from where he will start.

UoN's Vice Chancellor Peter Mbithi said satellites cost KES 120 million and was largely funded by Japan. He said that UoN engineers were assisted by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) experts in the development of the satellite. Mbithi said this was the first space object registered by Kenya and the first Kenyan satellite to enter space orbit.

The satellite is a nanosatellite in the form of a 1

0 cm x 10 cm cube with a volume of just 1 liter. Such miniaturized satellites are increasingly able to carry out commercial missions that previously required larger satellites. Unlike conventional nanosatellites, nanosatellites are not deployed directly from Earth, but are first transported to the ISS, where Japan operates a robotic arm that later spits them into space.

Mbithi said that within the cube two commercial cameras and microphones should be recorded and automatically uploaded online. He said that these devices can, among other things, enable earth mapping, space observation and coastal observation.


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