Kenya’s 1st satellite released from Kibo

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency released three foreign-made microsatellites, including the first Kenyan-developed satellite, from Japan’s Kibo experimental module at the International Space Station on Friday night.

The Kenyan satellite, named 1KUNS-PF, was developed by the University of Nairobi.

One of the two remaining satellites is called Irazu, which is the first Costa Rican-developed satellite, and the other, named Ubakusat, was developed by Turkey’s Istanbul Technical University.

The three microsatellites were transported to the ISS by a U.S. spacecraft last month. Astronaut Norishige Kanai, 41, who started a six-month ISS mission last December, worked to prepare for their deployments.

Amina Mohamed, cabinet secretary for Kenya’s Ministry of Education, said that the satellite release was a historic first step for the African country.Speech

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