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Satellite Programs in Africa

African countries invest in Space technology, recognising its impact on Security and the military domain..

Africa - Technology & Innovation - Format: PDF - Size: 0 Bytes - Date: Feb, 2018 - Pages: - Copyright: NATO Strategic Direction South HUB - Tags: Space , Cybersecurity, Information environment

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.

Key insights

  • 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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