Universty Awarded to Host Kenya Space Agency (KSA) Research Chair On Operational Space Weather


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University of Eldoret has been awarded Kshs. 5 million by the Kenya Space Agency (KSA) to host the KSA Nanosatellite Development/Operational Space Weather Chair. The University leads a consortium with other institutions that won this award. The purpose of this Research Chair is to catalyze and promote research in Space Science, Technology and related applications.

The implementation framework of the project will be targeted towards monitoring and mitigating the space weather on the following areas:

  • Energy infrastructure – pipelines and power lines
  • Navigation and positioning - GNSS
  • Communications infrastructure - HF radio systems and SW broadcasting
  • Aviation
  • Space exploration
  • Satellite operations
  • Magnetic surveys – gyroscopes
  • Geophysical exploration
  • Surveillance radars

The University appreciates and commends all those who worked tirelessly to develop a proposal in response to an advertisement made by KSA in one of the local dailies in August. The proposal went through rigorous review which included a virtual presentation to the judging panel. The University made it to the final list alongside two other Universities.

The Project will be coordinated by a team of experts led by Dr. Godfrey Ouma Makokha, Dr. Bernard Alunda, Nashon Adera, Dr. Stella Munyole, and Eric Kinyua from (Taita Taveta University), Dr. Arthur Sichangi from (Dedan Kimathi University of Technology), and finally Prof. Joel Tonui, Dr. Cosmas Ronno and Jason Kanule from (University of Eldoret).