Kenya launches historic space satellite to combat illegal logging

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.

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