By Mirembe Martina
Uganda is going to launch its first space observer.
The first space observer will be called Cadimella. The news was confirmed by Capt. Chris Nsamba, the chief executive officer and founder of the African Space Research Program (ASRP). He confirmed the news during the briefing by the Vice-President, Edward Ssekandi, who inspected the launch pad of the space observer at Kimaka Airfield in Jinja on Monday.
“This has demonstrated that Ugandans can also participate in sophisticated programs. This is impressive and the Government will support the association. I am going to brief the President about this,” Ssekandi said. Nsamba and his eight-man team demonstrated how the space probe works while in transit in the orbit in addition to demonstrating how it can be tracked using satellite in case it lands in another country.
Nsamba explained that the space probe has self-defense, anti-time missile features, which protect it from being hit by missiles destined to destroy it in case it passes in the space of another country.
It has cameras with a wide-angle fish-eye lens to be used in taking pictures of Uganda from space and other features on the planet. The others are a thermometer and Global Positioning System trackers. Explaining how it will work, Nsamba said, “We shall send a mouse to space. If it comes back alive, it will mean that Uganda is able to send human beings into space and we shall embark on constructing a new space observer that a person can use. As the space probe orbits the planet, it will pick dust molecules for our laboratory research.”
Cadimella will orbit the space twice and come back with samples. In case it lands on water, they can command it back to the surface.