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Varsity celebrates successful satellite deployment

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The Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi and Principal Investigator is Prof. Jackson Mwangi Mbuthia show off the 1KUNS-PF certificate. Looking on is the DVC Administration and Finance, Prof. Isaac Mbeche.

On May 17, 2018, the University of Nairobi (UoN) community gathered in Taifa Hall for a thanksgiving and orchestra concert in celebration of the successful deployment into orbit of the satellite.

It was an event filled with orchestral tunes and a superb performance by the University of Nairobi choir and the Nairobi Conservatoire Orchestra.

The 1st Kenya University Nano Satellite Precursor Flight (1KUNS-PF) was successfully deployed from KIBO (a satellite deployment module) from the Japan Space Agency (JAXA) Tsukuba Space Centre in Tokyo, Japan on May 11, 2018 at 1.30 pm.

Speaking at the event, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi commended the School of Engineering – the KiboCube Team for their dedication to the project that has propelled the University of higher standards.

“The University of Nairobi invites interested collaborators and partners from both the Public and Private sector to work with us on expanding this very important program that will yield enormous benefits for Kenya,” he said.

The Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi, also congratulated the team on the sacrifices they made as they worked towards the success of the programme.

“It is indeed a great milestone for the University. In 2015, at the 55th graduation ceremony, I announced that the University of Nairobi had been selected to participate in the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) satellite programme, well this has now come to pass,” she said.

The Principal Investigator is Prof. Jackson Mwangi Mbuthia, current Dean, School of Engineering, College of Architecture and Engineering, made a presentation on the project.

The event was graced Dr. Joe Wanjui, the former UoN Chancellor, Prof. Judith Bahemuka, Chancellor, University of Eldoret, representative from the Japan Embassy in Kenya, among others.

1KUNS-PF is a result of scientific and technological collaboration between the University of Nairobi, School of Engineering – the KiboCube Team, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), University of Rome (Italy), and the Kenya Space Agency.

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