It has been revealed that Uganda is set to venture into space technology according to a cabinet meeting that was held on 22nd March 2021. The announcement comes after the proposal to build a Satellite Station in Uganda as part of the effort to adopt advanced technology was approved during the sitting that was recently held.
The country is making big strides by embracing and adopting the ever-growing advancements in technology. Uganda plans to venture into space technology and will be joining East African countries like Kenya and Rwanda that have already made progress in this field and launched their own satellites.
The proposal to build a Satellite Station has been approved with the main objective of developing Uganda’s capabilities in a well-coordinated and harmonized manner. This will help the country to leverage Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development with great benefits.
Uganda is set to venture into space technology which will support research
Plans for Uganda to venture into space technology were revealed in 2019 and the President said the country would be ready to launch its first satellite by 2022. This plan will now become a reality as Uganda is set to venture into space technology. The Minister of ICT and National Guidance Judith Nabakooba, explained what the benefits of this new step would be for the country and its citizens.
There will be increased evidence-based technology information for planning and decision making. In addition to that, Space Science technology will be improved to support research for Industrial development of the country.
Ugandans will also see an improvement in defense and security through improved capabilities for cross border movement monitoring and surveillance for the country.
Private sector investment is expected to improve in Space Science, Technology research and innovation. This will in the end enhance Foreign Direct Investment and collaborations, which will in turn attract or spur development of new technologies in the country.
The country will also see an improved application of Space Science and Technology to the Social, Economic, Political and Environmental needs of the country while ensuring that Uganda also becomes a significant user and player of the outer space.
It will improve National Earth observation and remote sensing centres for the country. Uganda is set to venture into space technology and this will lead to increased Human Resource capacity to facilitate the development of Space Technology in the country.