Uganda to orbit first satellite, invest $200m in space programme

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Uganda plans to make a foray into space when it launches a satellite in the near future, reports NTV Uganda.

As a step towards achieving this, government is sending three engineers to Japan to study space science for the fulfilment of the dream of launching the satellite into space by 2022. 

The programme, which may make Uganda one of nine African Countries with a space presence, will cost an estimated Shs200m annually in training for the engineers.

The space programme was one of the plans highlighted at a conference to mark the world science day held in Kampala Friday.

Basil Ajir, the director Technoprenuership at the ministry of Science, told NTV that Uganda plans to orbit its own satellite in space with support from Japan, Israel and Egypt.

The satellite will support agriculture, communication and military services in the country by monitoring borders and people’s movement.

The ministry is headed by Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Elioda Tumwesigye promised to work with the ministry of education to have more incubators in universities for mentoring people.

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