Uganda announced this September that it will launch the first satellite in the low-earth orbit from the International Space Station.
Uganda, in collaboration the US National Aeronautics and Space Administrations (NASA), has announced it will launch its satellite into low earth orbit using the International Space Station.
The latest mission in the Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite program is PearlAfricaSat-1. Recently, funding was approved for a Kampala-area ground station. This project was announced for the first time in 2019. The Mpoma facility, where Uganda has two antennas already, will be the station’s operations and communications center. The antennas that are currently in use are linked to Intelsat’s Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean satellites.
Uganda and the Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan signed a collaboration research agreement. It involved the enrollment and training of three graduate engineers in order to build, test and launch the first satellite from Uganda. The three students from Uganda, namely, Edgar Mujuni and Derick Tebusweke, finished the development of the satellite measuring 10 m in size. It was then handed to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency for final testing.
According to Ugandan authorities, the Mukono ground station at Mpoma will receive data fromThe satellite will be used, among others, for meteorology, urban planning, environmental monitoring, mineral exploration and disaster management.. He claimed that the government has committed UGX 274 billion to technological advancement and innovation in the country.
Matia Kazaija Uganda, the Finance Minister, said that significant resources have been invested in developing technology. Local media reports that the country has allocated $2 million to technology, research, development and $200,000 to Mpoma’s infrastructure.
Another satellite could be in development in East Africa, aside from PearlAfricaSat-1. International University of East Africa (IUEA), submitted a request to the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) for approval to build their educational satellite, which will be called Satellite One (IUEA UGA). SAT 1.
South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Algeria have also launched space programs in Africa. The 2021 edition of the Africa Space Industry Annual Report shows 125 new satellites have been lined up for development in 23 African countries by 2025, as activities in the continent’s space market heat up significantly.