Is Africa Wasting Time and Resources on Small Satellites?

Out of the 42 African satellites that have been launched, 26 are small satellites—representing a substantial 61.9%. In fact, 10 out of the 11 African countries that have launched satellites have done so with at least one small satellite. Should Africa continue to waste time and resources on small satellites?

Smallsat mission to mars

The cost of launching satellites into outer space has drastically reduced, mostly because satellites have become smaller. The small satellite phenomenon emerged in the 1980s. And it has enabled more countries and companies to participate in space activities. In the 1980s, only 15 countries had launched satellites into outer space. Today, more than 80 countries...

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