Kenya on Monday, announced the introduction of Kenya Space Agency Board (KSAB) a body that is tasked to coordinate and regulate space-related activities, recommending national space policies and establishing centers of excellence in space science in the Kenyan space. By Defence Cabinet Secretary Rachel Omamo.
“The Agency has now been placed on a anew impetus to deliver on its mandate following the appointment and inauguration of the Board of Directors to promote, coordinate and regulate space activities in the country,” read a statement.
Kenya Defence Forces Major General (Rtd) James Aruasa will head the KSAB which was established through a gazette notice in March last year by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Kenya continues to strive to be at the forefront in adapting advance technology and in May this year, the Country (first in Sub Saharan Africa) launched a satellite into space. The Nano satellite was built by University of Nairobi in conjunction with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) which was deployed on May 11 into space.
University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Prof Peter Mbithi said that the project cost Ksh120 million which is the first one to be deployed by Kenya.
“This is the first outer space object registered by Kenya and the first Kenyan satellite that will go into space orbit,” said Prof Mbithi.
The 10 by 10 centimeter gadget is equipped with the ability to enable earth mapping, outer space observation and coastline observation and can last for 1-2 years in the space.