On Monday, 7 February 2022 the Ag DG Kenya Space Agency Col Hillary Kipkosgey presided over the opening ceremony at Sayari labs for a 1-week Nano Satellite training to the Universities that are participating in the 3U Nanosatellite Development Research Grant awarded by KSA on 16th November 2021.
The one-week training is being conducted in partnership with Sayari Labs Kenya to FOUR Universities that were winners of the research grant awarded by KSA. Participants of the course were 20 students drawn from the four beneficiary Universities; University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenyatta University and Technical University of Kenya.
In his remarks, Col Kipkosgey thanked the CEO of Sayari Labs, Mr Aaron Nzau and team, participating members of faculty and students from the Universities and urged them to use the opportunity to gain prerequisite skills from the industry practitioners in order to deliver best results in the 3U project. He underscored on the importance of the training in nurturing and boosting Kenya’s Capability in Space. He noted that Kenya had benefited from a number of awards and projects on satellite development and all these activities would continue growing the space sector in the country.
In his remarks the Project Coordinator, who is the faculty representative of the universities on the project, Prof. Mwangi Mbuthia from University of Nairobi thanked the KSA delegation led by the DG for the great effort towards supporting University research and innovation on related Space disciplines. He noted their limited collaboration between academia and industry on engineering research in Kenya, and commended KSA for taking the initiative to change this state of affairs. He also thanked the KSA for organizing the training because it would equip the students will requisite skills to address the needs of the space industry.
The CEO of Sayari labs thanked the DG for unwavering support in the projects being undertaken by Sayari Labs; the latest being the Taifa-1 mission that is due to be launched in October this year aboard Falcon-9. He confirmed his and the team’s commitment to ensuring that the training would be professionally done.