Kenya to launch first earth observation satellite

The satellite named “Taifa-1”, which will be placed in earth orbit with the Falcon-9 rocket belonging to SpaceX company in the USA, will be launched on April 11.

The satellite, which will be used for agriculture, food security, natural resources management and environmental monitoring purposes, will be Kenya’s first observation satellite.

The design and construction phases of the satellite were completed by Kenyan engineers in 2 years, and the production and testing of the parts of the satellite was carried out by the Bulgarian space company.

Brigadier General Hillary Biwott Kipkosgey, the head of the Kenya Space Agency, said that the mission will play an important role by contributing to the development of satellite development, data analysis and application.

Founded in 2017, the Agency launched its first miniature satellite in 2018.

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