World Space Week (WSW) 2023, Kenya chapter was officially launched today, 4 October 2023 at the Technical University of Kenya. WSW held annually between 4-10 October is an international celebration of science and technology and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The Synchronized space events worldwide commemorate the start of the exploration and peaceful uses of outer space by humans with the launch of Sputnik 1 On 4 October 1957. WSW 2023 theme is ‘Space and Entrepreneurship’
To Create awareness of the potential of space technology for development Kenya Space Agency (KSA) partnered with LeoSky Africa and TUK to convene the first day of WSW. Prof. Paul Baki, Professor of physics at TUK welcomed the participants and space enthusiasts to the university and gave perspective on “Entrepreneurship in Astronomy and Space Science” which was the sub-theme of the opening day of WSW.
The event featured opening remarks by the KSA Ag. Deputy Director Space Research and Innovation Mr Jacques Matara who unpacked World Space Week and reiterated the importance of space technology in improving the quality of life on Earth. He implored participants to be more deliberate in using their ingenuity to create innovative solutions in Astronomy and Space Science.
There were also two Keynote addresses by Astronomy and Space science entrepreneurs Ms Samyukta Manikumar and Mr Kimani Wanyoike, CEO LeoSky Africa who highlighted entrepreneurship opportunities in Astronomy in Kenya and Africa.
WSW day two will continue tomorrow 5 October 2023 at Kenyatta University where conversations will revolve around entrepreneurship in Space Engineering