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Zimbabwe and Uganda Satellites Enter Orbit

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Uganda and Zimbabwe on Friday launched their satelites PearlAfricaSat-1 and ZimSat-1 deployed from the Japanese Kibo module on the International Space Station (ISS).

The satellites are 1U educational and amateur radio mission CubeSats manufactured by Ugandan and Zimbabwean engineers from the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan.

The launch is a milestone expected to enhance both nation’s mineral exploration and environmental monitoring.

In addition, it will aid in mapping human settlements and disease outbreaks, among other capabilities, in Zimbabwe.

For Uganda, the multispectral camera mission will deliver images with a 20-meter resolution to help analyse water quality, soil fertility, land use, and cover.

Furthermore, the satellite will be crucial to the oil and gas business by keeping an eye on the East African crude oil pipeline.

Finally, the data collected from the remote sensors will help to detect landslides and droughts and allow more precise weather forecasts.