Thanksgiving Orchestra

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Date and time: 
Mon, 2018-05-21 10:35
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Main Campus


On May 17, 2018, the University of Nairobi (UoN) held a Thanksgiving and orchestral performance  to celebrate the successful development and deployment of the 1st Kenyan satellite by the University of Nairobi. The orchestra was conducted by the Kenya Conservoitre of Music and University of Nairobi Choir.

Speaking at the event, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi commended the School of Engineering – the KiboCube Team for their dedication to the project that has earned the University international recognition. The Vice Chancellor also note the need to expand this very important program and called on local and international organizations to support the project.

The Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi, also congratulated the team on the sacrifices they made as they worked towards the success of the programme.

“It is indeed a great milestone for the University. In 2015, at the 55th graduation ceremony, I announced that the University of Nairobi had been selected to participate in the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) satellite programme, well this has now come to pass,” she said.

The Principal Investigator;  Prof. Jackson Mwangi  Mbuthia, current Dean, School of Engineering, College of Architecture and Engineering, made a presentation on the project. The presentation mainly showcased a model of the actual Satellite that was deployed into space. He said that the team has is already receiving data and photos from Satellite.

The University of Nairobi is the first University in Kenya to successfully develop and deploy  a satellite into orbit. The deployment of the Nano Satellite Precursor Flight (1KUNS-PF) from the Japan Space Agency (JAXA) Tsukuba Space Centre in Tokyo, Japan on May 11, 2018 at 1.30 pm in the presence of international Community, Kenyan Government officials and University of Nairobi management. Thousands of people from all over the world watched the deployment via livestream.

1KUNS-PF is a result of scientific and technological collaboration between the University of Nairobi, School of Engineering – the KiboCube Team, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), University of Rome (Italy), and the Kenya Space Agency.

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Wed, 2018-09-26 10:35

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