The Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency (ZINGSA) is ready to launch its first satellite, ZimSat-1, into orbit next month. Manufactured by the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan, the ZimSat-1 is a 1U educational and amateur radio mission CubeSat.
The launch is a milestone that will enhance mineral exploration and monitoring of environmental hazards and droughts. Additionally, it will aid in mapping human settlements and disease outbreaks, among other things.
ZimSat-1, a nanosatellite, will deploy from the Japanese KIBO Module, Japan’s science module for the International Space Station (ISS), after nearly a year-long delay caused by Covid-19.
Many experts consider the programme the first baby steps of the country’s fledgling space programme, which was launched in 2018 following the Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency (ZINGSA) launch.
ZimSat-1 was built by local engineers together with the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch the ZimSat-1 in July.
The satellite is a 1U educational and amateur radio mission CubeSat manufactured by the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan.