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Satellite to track wild animals at Kenya national parks gets launch date

Glavkosmos (GK) Launch Services will send the SIMBA satellite, designed at the Sapienza University of Rome, into orbit for free.

The SIMBA satellite, which has been designed by the Sapienza University of Rome to track wild animals around the Kenyan national parks, has been scheduled for October-November 2020 launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

The SIMBA satellite project was selected as the winner of the competition during the Global Conference on Space for Emerging Countries which held in Marrakech, Morocco last year. 

The SIMBA satellite will be launched into orbit together with Tunisia’s first satellite built by TELNET on Soyuz-2 rocket. 

SIMBA, an acronym for System for Improving Monitoring of the Behavior of Wild Animals will track the behaviour of animals of Kenya National Park in their natural habitat. 

For this purpose, special sensors are to be placed on certain animals of various species and sizes (from birds to large mammals), and the CubeSat will relay information about their migration.