Despite this early opportunity coming to Kenya’s doorstep, the country remained oddly aloof to adopt space technology as part of the national development agenda.
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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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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 […]
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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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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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During the better part of last week, the discovery of two aquifers in Turkana County, Kenya dominated the headlines of major global media outlets. These colossal underground water reserves (which have been confirmed by drilling) are estimated to contain a minimum of 250 billion cubic meters of water replenished annually at a rate of 3.4 […]
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The definitive road-map that Kenya needs to follow in order to establish a domestic space sector from scratch will essentially entail ascending the space technology capability hierarchy pyramid. This scrupulous technology capability evolution process will involve initial lumpy resource investments whose benefits will be commensurate with the level technology sophistication. We choose to segment Kenya’s […]
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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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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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Taiwan The Taiwanese space agency—National Space Organization (NSPO) was established in 1991 to advance indigenous space technology capability in order to address national development needs and in future participate in the international space market. Through collaborative programs with United States and European partners, Taiwan launched the FORMOSAT series of Earth observation satellites. FORMOSAT-1, FORMOSAT-2 and […]
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