3U NANOSATELLITE MODEL
Currently, Satellites have played an enormous role in helping us understand the state of the world and environment. Thanks to satellites we are able to monitor our natural resources, predict weather patterns, navigate more easily and establish communication networks even in remote areas.
Advancement in Technology has enabled the size of the satellites and the development cost to reduce drastically. It is now possible to assemble and launch into space a miniature satellite, as small as a cube of 10 centimeters with a mass of less than 1.33 kilograms (CubeSat), with complete basic functions of a standard size satellite.
This technological evolution has enabled The Kenya Space Agency to tap into the technical resource prevalent in the Higher Institutions of learning and research and awarded the Research Chair on 1U Nanosatellite Model Development in the financial year (FY)2020-2021. FIVE public Universities benefited from the Research Chair award of KSh 1Million each to develop a prototype model of a Nanosatellite. (Find the link to the concept note at the end of this document)
The KSA wants to continue building on this legacy by encouraging and offering support for Universities as well as the private sector to consider the potential of investing in this sector. As a follow up to the research chair offered in the FY2020/2021, KSA will be offering a 2nd cycle on the Research Chair to develop a 3U Nanosatellite Model which is worth Ksh 3million and will be provided to a Consortium of 3 Universities selected from the best THREE teams of the RC FY2020/2021 edition.