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.Read more "Absurd Anecdote: History of Space Technology In Kenya"
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 […]Read more "African Space Policy"
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 […]Read more "Kenya Space Sector Formulation—Phase 3"
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 […]Read more "Kenya Space Sector Formulation—Phase 2"
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 […]Read more "Kenya Space Sector Formulation"
By virtue of being a late entrant, Kenya is paradoxically opportunely placed to benefit from the experiences of other countries that have preceded her in embracing space technology for sustainable development. We have scrutinized in detail the space technology experiences of India and Brazil, and further succinctly analyzed a plethora of other developing countries’ methodologies […]Read more "Lessons Extricated from the Experiences of Kenya’s Predecessors in Embracing Space Technology"
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 […]Read more "Space Technology in other Industrializing Countries—II"
In addition to scrutinizing the Indian and Brazilian space agendas, we shall further succinctly assess how other industrializing economies have co-opted space-based technology to accelerate national development. The scrutiny here shall delve to a relatively shallower extent than the previously addressed two case studies. The objectives, acquisition, assimilation, evolution, and applications of space technology by […]Read more "Space Technology in other Industrializing Countries—I"
All the space-age pioneering countries swiftly morphed their space programs from semi-military outfits into full civilian entities by establishing national space agencies. Later on, inter-governmental space alliances like the European Space Agency (ESA) were also established to leverage member country’s technological and economic strengths. Correspondingly, the UN created a permanent Committee on the Peaceful Uses […]Read more "Space Technology Legacy & Modern Global Trends—Part II"