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Kenya launches first nano satellite to
enhance ecosystems management   

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Friday launched the first nano satellite into space amid quest by the government to promote space exploration to help address food security, environmental and health challenges.

The mini satellite that measures ten by ten centimeters was developed through a collaborative venture between the University of Nairobi, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Macharia Kamau, the Principal Secretary in Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, hailed the launch of the inaugural mini satellite into orbit saying it will position Kenya as a regional hub for space exploration.

“This is a momentous occasion in our country’s space exploration history and will help us address challenges related to climate change like droughts, floods and habitat loss,” Kamau remarked.

He added that the launch of a satellite into space will revolutionize weather prediction and boost disaster management in the country.

“Today’s launch of nano satellite will enhance availability of timely data to strengthen land use and environmental management,” said Kamau, adding that space exploration will hasten the attainment of Big Four Agenda.

Kenyan scientists partnered with their counterparts from Japan to develop the nano satellite project that cost 1 million U.S. dollars.

Isaac Mbeche, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University of Nairobi, said the deployment of Kenya’s first nano satellite into space will inspire the country’s young scientists to come up with cutting-edge innovations.

“We are happy this breakthrough will inspire our scientists and young people to innovate and provide solution to challenges inherent in our society,” said Mbithi.

He revealed that the nano satellite consists of two commercial cameras and web broadcasters that are capable of relaying data, sound and images on real time basis.

“The launch of a nano satellite heralds the next phase of development of a bigger and high resolution satellite,” said Mbeche, adding that Kenyan academic and research bodies are exploring new partnerships to revitalize space science in the east African country. 

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