Kenya seeks to cooperate with China on satellite technology

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Kenya is seeking to cooperate with the Chinese space agency in order to boost the east African nation's satellite technology, an official said on Friday.

Charles Maina Mwangi, space engineer at the Kenya Space Agency, told Xinhua in Nairobi that Kenya is seeking international partners who have vast expertise and knowledge in the scientific field.

"We are keen to partner with China which has a robust and vibrant space industry which has launched a number of satellite into space," Mwangi said during the third annual Space Challenge Competition for Kenyan primary and high school students.

In 2018, Kenya launched a nanosatellite developed by local scientists into space from the international space station which orbits around the earth.

Kenya is already cooperating with Italy in space science.

Mwangi said that the Kenya Space Agency is still at the infancy stages and is yet to develop all frameworks and hence the need to collaborate with international partners.

"The idea is to engage and get better equipment that can provide solutions to the country's pressing social economic problems," he added.

According to the Kenya Space Agency, the immediate use of satellite technology will be for precision agriculture, forecasting of disasters as well as environmental conservation.

"The information obtained from satellites will enable the country to advance its development goals through outer space exploration," he added.

He noted that through launching satellites into space, Kenya will also be able to generate revenues from commercial space missions.

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