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SATELLITE PROGRAMS IN AFRICA

Executive Summary:

The use of the space has become a strategic necessity for today’s development in Africa. Most do not associate Africa with the high-tech sphere of “space”, however, in recent years many countries on the continent have become aware of the potential and usefulness of space technology: meteorology, telecommunications, navigation, resources management, borders security and military and intelligence purposes.

Highlights:

- An increasing number of African countries are aware of the value space technology holds for economic development, job creation and military aspirations.

- No less than four African satellites were placed in orbit in 2017.

- China is becoming a key strategic partner in support of African space programs and ambitions.

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