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Kenya’s first satellite launched into space this week

Guests assembled at the University of Nairobi on 11 May will be able to watch the release of the country’s first satellite into orbit on a live video feed.

The First Kenya University Nano Satellite Precursor Flight will be deployed from the International Space Station at 1pm local time, marking a milestone of two years’ research and engineering by the university’s College of Architecture and Engineering.

The small satellite has been funded to the tune of Ksh100 million (US$1m) by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, and developed with the backing of technical expertise from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

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