Details of Kenya's First Space Satellite To Be Launched By KU Students

According to the institution, the prototype is named the 'KU CUBE' Nano-Satellite Prototype for Imagery Telemetry and Drones for Agricultural and Disaster Management.

Details of Kenya's First Space Satellite To Be Launched By KU Students

Eight Kenyatta University students are preparing for a historic launch of Kenya's first satellite into space and have received a massive boost in their efforts.

This is after the Kenya Space Agency awarded them a Ksh1 million grant which will assist them complete the final stages of their project before launching their satellite to space this August. 

According to the institution, the prototype is named the 'KU CUBE' Nano-Satellite Prototype for Imagery Telemetry and Drones for Agricultural and Disaster Management.

Kenyatta University. /FILE

"This cube will go into space by August, carrying a Kenyan-made branding for the rest of the world to know that this country can come up with such a space technology," 22-year-old Jeff Ayako, supervisor revealed in a statement.

The satellite is expected to travel at speeds of 28,000kms per hour which is nearly 16 times the speed of a bullet from a gun. The innovation will take 98.77 minutes to complete an orbit.

The satellite will only weigh a kilo and will have a parameter of 10cm by 10cm. The cost of launching it towards the Earth's atmosphere is Ksh1 million.

The satellite is fitted with cameras that will take images for study by geographical and geomatic information systems.

The data received through the satellite will be used to predict looming agricultural disasters such as the locust invasion and informing the farmers of trends to help them properly manage their calendar.

"Data received through the satellite will help in predicting and informing the public about locust migration, giving farmers a heads up about the presence of locusts before they even arrive.

"We are giving farmers the capacity to engage with space technology," software developer Allan Koech stated.

A satellite in space. /FILE