Call for Participation 

Capacity Building in AI Algorithms For Space

The Kenya Space Agency (KSA) is a State Corporation that coordinates, regulates and promotes Space related activities in Kenya. The Agency, in collaboration with STAR.VISION AEROSPACE LIMITED, is organizing a joint development program to train Kenyan University students in development of on-orbit AI algorithms starting from June 2024.

KSA is therefore inviting students in their third or fourth year of studies in the space-related field of study (including but not limited to Electrical and electronics, Mechanical, Aerospace, Aeronautics, Geospatial engineering, Computer Engineering and Information Technology) to organize themselves into group of a maximum of FIVE (5) students and submit their topic of interest in Earth Observation. E.g. Maritime surveillance, Urban management, Land Change monitoring, Land use classification, Forest fire monitoring, Crop recognition etc.

The team will be expected to identify and submit their topic of interest by 24 June, 2024 for review. The team will then receive hands-on training on building AI algorithms for space, which will be tested on-board STAR.VISION satellites.

The focus theme of the Rideshare Program will be “Deploy AI in Space”. The primary objectives of this program encompass the following:

1. Development of on-orbit AI algorithms;
2. Training of AI engineers; and
3. Advancement of spacecraft efficiency.

By participating in this project, you will gain access to the latest and most advanced AI satellite platform in the world. The training is part-time for a period of 8 months. 

Important Dates:
*Program launch: 19 June 2024
*Application Deadline: 12:00pm EAT on 24, June, 2024
*Algorithm development: June - August, 2024
*Algorithm ground testing: September, 2024
*Algorithm on-orbit testing: October - November, 2024
*Completion of Algorithm evaluation: December, 2024
*Award of Achievement Certificates: January 2025   

For any clarification, please feel free to reach out to:
Mr. Kenneth Kanda (email: / mobile: +254710300235)
Mr. Guyo Boru (email: / mobile +254742835035) 

How Do I Participate?

To participate, you can fill this online form and submit your application