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Uganda’s Satellite Near Completion, To Be Launched Into Space This September

By Alex Baluku

Japan: The Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Dr. Monica Musenero has revealed that the country’s first national satellite is nearing completion, and will be launched into the international space station in September this year.

The satellite named PearlAfricaSat-1, commenced two years ago in Japan. It’s being undertaken by three Ugandan space engineers along with Japanese engineers and other space experts from around the world.

The Ugandan engineers were enrolled at the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), in Japan where they underwent training in space technology following a collaborative agreement with the Ugandan government in 2019.

Dr. Musenero said in an interview on Thursday that the satellite which has been under construction will be handed to other space experts on May 10, for inspection and rigorous testing.

She notes that it will later be handed to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a U.S. government agency to conduct its launch into space after undergoing all required tests.

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