Space Technology and Africa’s Development: The Strategic Role of Small Satellites.

This is a research article I co-authored as part of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Research Working Paper Series . It focuses on the theme of Space Technology for Sustainable Development and the unique role played by small satellites. https://www.hks.harvard.edu/publications/space-technology-and-africas-development-strategic-role-small-satellites    

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African Space Policy

After a protracted process stretching beyond 5 years, the African Union (AU) Space Working Group delivered the African Space Policy document late last year (African Space Strategy V10_1). This document was subsequently adopted by African education, science and technology  ministers and is expected to be approved by the AU Heads of States Summit in January 2016. This is […]

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Kenya Space Sector Formulation—Phase 4

In this phase, Kenya will begin to transcend to the Operator level from a User level of the space technology capability hierarchy pyramid. This progression will be realized through further expansion of the resources and capacities formerly initiated in the preceding phases. Expanding capabilities will further be augmented by the introduction of completely new competences. […]

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Kenya Space Sector Formulation—Phase 3

It is in this phase that the physical establishment of the proposed space sector’s infrastructure and tangible capacity commences. A concurrent tripartite approach targeting i) human, ii) organizational and, iii) societal capacity development is required to ensure a comprehensive and efficacious inception of the Kenyan space sector. Similarly, identification and strategic engagement of potential collaboration […]

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Kenya Space Sector Formulation—Phase 2

It is in this phase of the road-map that the Kenya space sector organizational framework is defined. This organizational framework should not only present the constituent stakeholders; but, also elucidate the interaction dynamics between the stakeholders. Consequently, we propose the Kenya space sector organizational chart shown in the schematic below. This initial sector organizational framework […]

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So Far!

In our quest to illustrate how to establish a space sector for sustainable development in Kenya, we have so far addressed several pertinent fundamental themes. They include; What is space technology? Why does Kenya need space-based technology? The global space technology legacy and the prevailing global space technology trends. Under what framework should Kenya integrate […]

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Potential Challenges to Establishing a Space Sector in Kenya

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 […]

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Is Kenya Prepared to Establish a Local Space Sector?

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 […]

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