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 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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Kenya Space Sector Formulation

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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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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Space Technology in other Industrializing Countries—II

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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Space Technology in other Industrializing Countries—I

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 […]

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Kenya Space Topics in the Media

Recently, significant interest in acquisition and application of space based technology in Kenya seems to be building up as evident in these two pieces. http://www.newstimeafrica.com/archives/27493 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctH6V16PEuU More and more facets of the Kenyan society are gaining interest in the subject and appear to be generally inclined to precipitate a sustainable meaningful government involvement. This is definitely […]

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