Kenya set to make history by launching its first locally made satellite into space

Education CS Amina Mohamed will lead a powerful delegation to witness the event live in Japan.

Known as the First Kenya University Nano Satellite-Precursor Flight (1KUNS-PF), it will be the first CubeSat selected to be deployed from Kibo, which is the Japanese Experiment Module of the International Space Station (ISS).

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed will lead a powerful delegation comprising of government officials and university researchers to witness the event in Japan.

The satellite, which is a collaborative effort between the University of Nairobi, Japanese Embassy (JAXA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), will have several benefits for Kenya including weather forecasting, environmental and animal observation.

The 10-by-10 by 10 cube satellite was handed over to the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center in January to prepare for its deployment.

It has been assembled at a cost of approximately Sh100 million ($1 million) and has an estimated lifespan of between 12 to 18 months.

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