Who Manufactured Africa’s 41 Satellites?

African institutions have launched 41 satellites into space over the last 21 years; as much as it is crucial to acknowledge this feat, it is also vital to assess who manufactured the satellites, and how many of them were manufactured locally.

Egypt's TIBA-1 Communications Satellite To Be Launched On 22 November
Egypt's TIBA-1 communications satellite launched into space on 26 November 2019. Photo Credit: Airbus Defense and Space

As of June 2020, 11 African countries: Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morrocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Sudan, have launched a total of 38 satellites. A group of institutions from several African countries collaboratively launched three additional multilateral satellites: RascomStar-QAF-1, RascomStar-QAF-1R and the NewDawn Satellite (now wholly owned by Intelsat), bringing the total…

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New Report: The African space economy is now worth USD 7 billion and is projected to grow at a 7.3% compound annual growth rate to exceed USD 10 billion by 2024. Read the executive summary of the African Space Industry Report - 2019 Edition to learn more about the industry. You can order the report online.