The Kenya Space Agency (KSA) has today 16 November 2021 awarded, University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya, Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology research grants worth three million shillings to spur their research in space science in a bid to nurture Kenya’s potential in 3U Nanosatellite.
The Principal Secretary for Defence Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed said the Research Grants are an investment in Kenya’s future and called upon partners to match the initiative or offer support in kind towards furthering space-related research, innovation and investment in the industry.
The KSA Chairperson of the Board of Directors Major General (Rtd) James Aruasa said the Agency is working with international partners and universities noting that higher institutions of learning are pivotal in the journey as they are the factories of talent, expertise and research.
KSA Acting Director-General Colonel Hillary Kipkosgey said the Agency was set to launch Space Clubs in Primary Schools to promote interests among the youngsters in the next financial year promising that secondary schools were to follow later. He also stated that the Agency is committed to allocate more than 10% of its budget for research and development.
The Research Grant programme aims to catalyse and promote research in Space Science and Technology at Kenya’s local universities, as well as build the technical capacity in these disciplines which will contribute towards Kenya’s socio-economic development by building linkages between academia and the industry.