In a press release by THE CITIZEN, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced that discussions are ongoing for Tanzania to build and launch its first satellite to monitor environmental developments, and weather trends, improve surveillance and ensure high-performance connectivity services within the East African nation.
“We are well prepared and are in discussions with the appropriate partners. We are assured that Tanzania will have its satellite soon,” the President commented.
When actualised, Tanzania will join the burgeoning catalogue of East African states such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius and Rwanda, which have launched satellites into space. Deploying an Earth observation satellite into orbit will bring numerous advantages to Tanzania, including real-time data access in agriculture, mining, and infrastructure development.
Furthermore, satellite technology will be crucial in how the nation plans for, responds and manages disaster, allowing for early warning systems, efficient emergency response, and post-disaster assessment and recovery.
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