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Kenyan Space Agency awards nanosatellite development grants to local universities

The Research Chairs (RC) programme aims to contribute towards Kenya’s socio-economic development by promoting capacity building and linkages between academia and industry.

The Kenya Space Agency (KSA) has awarded a research grant to eight public universities for nanosatellite development and operational space weather study under the Research Chairs (RC) programme.

Following an evaluation by a panel of judges, the University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Technical University of Kenya, Moi University and Kenyatta University were each awarded a research grant of $ 9,189.33 (Kshs 1,000,000).

The aim of the nanosatellite development project is to build the capacity of a local university to develop space systems and enhance their understanding of space science, technology and applications

The objective of the operational space weather project is to develop a space weather monitoring network that will provide real-time monitoring of space weather events to mitigate against adverse conditions in the space environment.

These events affect aviation safety, global navigation satellite systems, electric power transmission grid, pipelines, radio communications and surveying.

Following evaluation by a panel of judges, the consortium of Taita Taveta University, University of Eldoret and Dedan Kimathi University of Technology was awarded a grant of $45,946.66 (Kshs 5,000,000).

The awards were officially presented during the launch of the Kenya Space Agency Strategic Plan 2020-2025 on October 21.