Faces driving Uganda’s initial satellite technological know-how

Uganda will this 12 months in August launch its 1st satellite, PearlAfricaSat-1, a technology developed by three Ugandan engineers and their Japanese counterparts, the government has said.

The authorities mentioned the satellite will strengthen the precision of weather conditions and catastrophe predictions thus optimising agricultural generation, bettering food items stability and reducing preventable fatalities.    

The satellite builders, Mr Edgar Mujuni, Mr Bonny Omara, and Mr Derrick Tebusweke, handed around the technologies yesterday to Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) for closing testing and acceptance in advance of the launch. 

This innovation is part of the Joint International Multi-Country Birds Satellite Job. The initiative started in October 2019 following President Museveni directed on the enhancement of a Nationwide House Company and Institute. 

The growth adopted Uganda’s deal with Kyushu (Institute of Technological innovation (Kyutech), Japan, which included upskilling a few graduate engineers to style, build, examination, and start Uganda’s initial satellite. 
Addressing journalists and federal government officials yesterday in Kampala, Dr Monica Musenero, the minister for Science, Engineering and Innovation, reported Uganda has been relying on satellites from other nations around the world. 

“We did not have our personal. With this technologies, we are generating new occupations, and new work and we are opening up a area for new enterprises. The launch implies we will have a greater prediction for our temperature or disaster,” she explained.

“How quite a few situations have you left property then all over 2pm there is a downpour and floods, and you are caught in city because you didn’t have details that it was heading to rain? This is a backward way of dwelling. Lots of people today plant their crops and they are taken by shock that in the middle, there is drought. Then we incur a good deal of losses,” she extra.

Dr Musenero said the engineering will also be utilised to forecast epidemics such as foot and mouth disorder, which affects livestock, early ample so that the animals can be vaccinated just before it results in being a huge dilemma. 

“We will also forecast plant pests like armyworm so that we can approach in advance of time. If we can detect a crack in the mountain early, we can save life from lethal landslides,” she reported.  

Dr Abubaker Waswa Matovu, a lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer system Engineering, who teaches space science, on the other hand, mentioned the technology will assist people get essential data more quickly.  

“We now have autonomous driving wherever the automobiles can interact autonomously without possessing to have interaction a human mind which could be a induce of the glitches that outcome in incidents. This is an location that can be explored both of those with satellite technological innovation and other systems that are evolving. We have noticed that there is a require for integration of functionality,” he mentioned. 

“Today we are speaking about a enormous satellite which has integration of so several functionalities that we can all gain from. We want to see how we can relay details to standard men and women a lot a lot quicker. So with the satellite, we can carry out mail details with out the everyday human being owning to wait around for a bulletin to know that there is a possibility of landslide or there will be rainfall,” he extra.

Makerere College Professor of Physics Florence Dujanga (remaining) and Minister of Science, Technological know-how and Innovation  Monica Musenero  during the formal hand around of PearlAfricaSat-1 in Kampala on Could 10, 2022. Photograph/ISAAC KASAMANI

Dr Waswa stated that the information will be relayed to mobile phones right, “almost instantaneously” so that the standard human being doesn’t have to depend on an intermediary to receive some of this data. 

“We can also automate so numerous other issues with the satellite. It is a very major privilege that Uganda is section of this development,” he added.  

Mr Edgar Mujuni, 3, hails from Mitooma District, originally higher Bushenyi
He is at present endeavor a Master’s degree in house Programs Engineering from Kyushu Institute of Technological innovation in Japan. 

He holds a 1st course Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Kyambogo College where by he formulated the very best personal challenge in his closing calendar year of an Computerized Stamping robotic with digital counters. Edgar did a CISCO Qualified Network Associate study course from Makerere University.

He examined from Nyakihita Major Faculty in Mitooma, and did his secondary school training from Mbarara Higher Faculty where he was the best science pupil.

In the improvement of Uganda’s initially Satellite (PearlAficaSat-1) he has been accountable for a amount of satellite subsystems which include interaction subsystem that involves all the satellite conversation from the ground station to the satellite in the Orbit.  This requires a good deal of screening mainly because conversation is the backbone and failure to connect with the satellite is not an choice.

Mr Bonny Omara is a 35-12 months-old engineer from the Otuke District, northern Uganda. He went to Olilim Most important College and Adwari Senior Secondary Faculty, both in Otuke District. He attended Teso University Aloet in Soroti for  his A-Amount.

Mr Omara retains a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Busitema University and a post graduate Diploma in Data Technique Management from Uganda Administration Institute. At present, he is specialising in House Devices Engineering at Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan. 

From the numerous satellite tasks that he participated in at Kyushu Institute of Technological innovation, he has gained in depth arms-on expertise in satellite progress, correct from dilemma identification, satellite structure, testing, and disposal. With his broad capabilities and experience, he will definitely build subsequent satellites in-property in Uganda even though boosting the country’s internal ability to create the industrial value chain for place science and technological innovation given the political will at hand.

Mr Derrick Tebusweke,  29, has a Bachelor’s Degree of science in Electrical Engineering from Makerere College. 

His current specialisation is Master of Science in Area Programs Engineering from Kyushu Institute of Technologies, Japan. 

In Uganda’s initially Satellite, he was in-demand of the electrical electrical power sub-method, its protection assessment verification checks, ability spending budget improvement, electrical Interface administration with other subsystems, and deployment switches system.  He attended his secondary schooling at Makerere University University.