Nigeria’s Proposed 2021 Space Budget is a 23% Increase on 2020 budget. Nigeria is also preparing for the construction of two new satellites in 2021. In a surprising discovery, satellite is contributing only 0.2% to Nigeria’s internet connectivity.
The Kenyan Space agency was on a roll over the month, inviting public Universities for a research program, funding the University of Eldoret to coordinate research, providing grants for space weather study, while also launching the Kenya Space Agency Strategic Plan 2020-2025. Highlights of the launch event and plan can be read here. In an even more exciting turn of events, the agency has entered an agreement with Italy for Kenya’s Space centre to earn Sh25 million annually.
As countries are preparing for future projects, NanoAvionics, Dragonfly, Space JLTZ and have formed a new international consortium called HyperActive. In n amazing scientific discovery, Africa’s desserts have been proven to be filled with trees.
More, stories across the continent.
Projects, Announcements, Deals and Events
Egyptian Space Agency made several partnerships over the month, including with Beni Suef Model University, Arab Academy of Sciences, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, with plans to execute several projects in coming years. The Agency has also concluded its summer training for 2020 amidst celebrations.
More collaborations were recorded across Africa as ASSAf and SANSA seal collaborative agreement. Dragonfly Aerospace enters agreement with EOS DA; SpaceCom and Ignite sign agreement for e-Health coverage; Azam TV Migrates Video Platform to EUTELSAT 7C Satellite; China is ready to boost partnership with Algeria, while Peruvian Ambassador has also visited the Algerian Space Agency to discuss future partnerships. The European Council is equally seeking a new partnership with Africa as South Africa experts have recommended an Internet Satellite launch for the SADC region.
In business development, Comtech receives USD1.0 million satellite ground station equipment order from Africa’s largest mobile network operator as Zimbabwean students launch high altitude balloon discover mission. ORBCOMM is also supporting wildlife conservation across Africa
Several events held or are forthcoming across the continent. The annual GEO Week is coming up on November 2, check here for speaker line-up and other event details. In celebration of World space week, several events happened across Africa. In the same vein, Angola’s MINTTICS and GGPEN hosted a conference on the National Earth Observation Program, while South Africa’s CSIR celebrates diamond jubilee.
- Why Monitoring Space Weather and Space Environment is Important.
- Nakalembe: Advancing Remote Sensing for Food Security.
- How UNOOSA is Contributing to Space Development in Africa.
- Nigeria’s First Radio Astronomer.
- Africa: Big Shake-Ups in Broadcast Regulation Planned for Nigeria & South Africa.
- An Overview on the Bilateral Cooperation Between Italy and Kenya for Earth Observation.
- USA’s Space Foundation is Charting a Space Education Roadmap Across the World and Africa is Next
- Acornhoek Physics Summer School is Accelerating Space Education in South Africa
- Exclusive Interview with Bryan Dean, CEO Of Dragonfly Aerospace
- Omarichet: Africa’s Future Communication, and ‘Navigation & Positioning’ Satellites
- The Future of Kenya Space Program
- PayTV vs OTT – Current Market Trends in Africa
- UNOOSA Webinar on “Accessing Space using VEGA-C” with AVIO
- Register for UNOOSA MOOC: Geospatial Applications for Disaster Risk Management
- UNOOSA and VEGA-C are Providing Satellite Slots for Developing Countries
- GEO Week 2020 Industry Track
- 6th Edition of Science by Women Program – Request for Applications
- IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach is Recruiting National Outreach Coordinators
- Applications are Open for AfAS Head of Secretariat
- Space Foundation International Student Art Contest
- Call for Application EXTENDED: Algeria Space Agency Geodetic and Topography Training
- UNOOSA Access to Space for All Webinar Series
- Register for Astronomy in Colour Trailblazers Speaker Series
- Registrations Are Ongoing For Space Symposium 365
- AGIA Is Hiring Developers, Apply Now
- Networking Friday Thematic Special Session On African Marine And Coastal Operational Services by Aircentre
- Call For Contributions For Springer’s Southern Space Studies Series: Developing the African Continent Through Space (Part 3)
- Apply for the 4th Africa Space Generation Workshop to be held in Accra Ghana