Kenya’s technology and aerospace fraternity made history today with the success launch of a satellite into space.
The satellite was launched from the International Space Station in the United States. It was developed and assembled by the University of Nairobi with assistance from Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency.
The nano satellite which is not much larger than a coffee cup is expected to help with mapping, monitoring of the coastline and the fight against illegal logging in Kenya.
People gathered in an auditorium at the University of Nairobi to watch the launch. Whiles hundreds celebrated the feat on social media platform, Twitter.
The deputy president, William Ruto, in his comments said the satellite will also benefit other African nations including Tanzania, Ghana and Sierra Leone.
Kenya is set to deploy satellite technology to mitigate climate change. It will analyse use of natural resources, allow interventions to secure sustainable food and water for the population. Tanzania, Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone will benefit from this cutting edge technology.
— William Samoei Ruto (@WilliamsRuto) May 11, 2018
Kenya's first satellite, a partnership of the University of Nairobi and Japanese scientists is being launched in Japan later today but our hopeless media and clueless artistes are giving more prominence to a lesbian film in Cannes. Who bewitched us? @uonbi @UONCBPS #UoNsatellite pic.twitter.com/33skqx02ke
— Dr. Ezekiel Mutua (@EzekielMutua) May 11, 2018