Kenya's First Satellite launched in US

Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma hailed the launch as a milestone in Kenya’s exploration into space.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma hailed the launch as a milestone in Kenya’s exploration into space.

The satellite will be mainly to observe farming trends and monitor the coastline.

The University of Nairobi said the satellite will also be used to test technologies for the launch of a larger earth observation satellite in the future.

Elite space club

This satellite launch will make Kenya one of just six African countries to have sent satellites into space.

The other countries are South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt and Ghana.

Kenya started its space programme in 2012. The country’s geographic position on the equator makes it ideal to launch satellites into geostationary and other orbits.

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