The on-orbit validation of domestically developed space technology accomplished in Phase 4 will need to be followed by entrenchment of this achieved proficiency in a domestic cutting-edge space technology manufacturing base. In doing so, Kenya will start to climb one level on the space technology capability hierarchy pyramid to become a Spacecraft Manufacturer. This significant […]Read more "Kenya Space Sector Formulation—Phase 5 & 6"
African moon mission seeks cash for first phase By Paula Park A group of African space enthusiasts have taken to the internet to raise money for what they say will be the continent’s first moon mission. Africa2Moon’s main goal is to send a probe to orbit or land on the moon and beam back video […]Read more "African Space Technology Initiatives"
As Expected, Kenya will encounter formidable challenges in her quest to establish a successful and vibrant domestic space sector. These impediments are not necessarily unique to Kenya, but, attributed to the fact that Kenya is still an industrially developing nation chiefly propped by an agri-based economy. Nonetheless, some of these hurdles will unnervingly be peculiar […]Read more "Potential Challenges to Establishing a Space Sector in Kenya"
In order for Kenya to successfully adopt space technology, the country must assimilate and independently utilize this technology in an efficacious manner. Consequently, we shall scrutinize Kenya’s preparedness to absorb space technology and its potential to establish an entire space sector from scratch. Establishment of a flourishing indigenous space sector requires a dynamic and innovative […]Read more "Is Kenya Prepared to Establish a Local Space Sector?"
Here is my additional journal article on spacecraft design-for-demise aimed at the larger orbital debris mitigation issue.This piece focuses on design-for-demise risk-informed decision-making methodology. Title: Spacecraft Design-for-Demise Implementation Strategy & Decision-Making Methodology for Low Earth Orbit Missions Journal: Advances in Space Research Authors: Peter M.B. Waswa, Michael Elliot, Jeffrey A. HoffmanRead more "Spacecraft Design-for-Demise Article"
Here is my recent journal article publication contributing towards the larger Space Debris Mitigation endeavor. Title: Illustrative NASA Low Earth Orbit spacecraft subsystems design-for-demise trade-offs, analyses and limitations Author: Peter M.B. Waswa; Jeffrey A. Hoffman Journal: Int. J. of Design Engineering, 2012 Vol.5, No.1, pp.21 – 40Read more "Spacecraft Design-for-Demise"
Space Missions Classification Space missions can be categorized based on a number of factors such as mission duration, spacecraft size, orbital location, cost, objective, geographic origin etc. The classification approach is usually motivated by the intended use of the classification exercise’s outcome. However, a prudent and insightful categorization of space missions focuses on the nature […]Read more "Space Missions—II"
We previously defined space-based technology as “…any technical capability that incorporates a man-made extra-terrestrial segment in its intended operation here on earth…” Consequently, the discussions here will dwell on the “man-made extra-terrestrial segment.” In simple terms, this rather mouthful of an expression refers to an artificial satellite purposely built and launched into a predefined orbit […]Read more "Space Missions—I"