On 11th May 2018, Kenya launched its very first satellite. The satellite or better known as cube satellite was launched from the International Space Station, to be exact the Japanese module of the space station. Through a resupply mission which took place in April, a rocket of SpaceX brought the cube satellite there. Launching Kenya’s home-based cube satellite will come in handy in various ways. It will be used in different kinds of sectors like food security mapping and disaster management sector. It is to be used in mapping security of food and also help in weather forecasting. Besides all these, the satellites can also be utilized in monitoring livestock and wildlife.
Kenya’s cube satellite was designed by the country’s scientists. This Nanosatellite was developed at the University of Nairobi. This was part of a program by both United Nations and space agency of Japan. The motive behind this was to improve the space technologies of various space industries of the developed countries by supporting their research institutions.