Kenya becomes first sub-Saharan African country to launch nano-satellite into space

Kenya will on Friday launch a nano-satellite into space, becoming the first sub-Saharan African country to do so.

The 10-by-10 by 10 cube satellite will have several benefits for Kenya in vital areas including weather forecasting, environmental and animal observation. It will also be used in assisting the multimedia sector in the country.

The satellite was jointly built by the University of Nairobi, Japanese Embassy (JAXA) and UNOOSA.

The satellite weighs about 1.2kgs and will be about 4,000kms from earth.

According to a Capital FM report, the satellite has been assembled at a cost of approximately Sh100 million and has an estimated lifespan of between 12 to 18 months.

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