Did you know that Uganda has its own space program? It is called ASRP or the African Space Research Program and was founded in 2009. The 35-year-old Chris Nsamba, who studied astronomy in the United States, is the head of the Ugandan space research program. ASRP employees are volunteers, students and volunteers working on an improvised space site located in the backyard of the mother’s house, Chris Nsamba, in Kampala.
Christopher Nsamba is the founder, director of the African Space Research Program. He is also a senior technology developer for the Agency.
In 2013, a self-taught engineer, Chris Nsamba, together with his team began to develop a satellite that would enable Uganda to become a full participant in the space race. The developed satellite has dimensions with a large inflatable ball, it has a GPS-navigator, solar battery and cameras. It was assumed that the first space traveler was to become a rat.
Prime Minister of Uganda Amama Mbabazi examines the space probe of Chris Nsamba in March 2013. (Photo: ASRP)
To launch the satellite was used a weather station, which raised the device to a height of about 30 km. According to the idea of an amateur engineer, on the future vehicles raised by probes, reactive micromotors should work at a height. Future satellites will have to photograph Uganda from space and transmit the picture to the “control center” of ASRP.
Space probe ASRP with installed solar panels, camera, GPS-tracker, cooler and “living” compartment for the rat. On the side is an LED ribbon, which will provide an easy search for the probe after its landing.
The Ugandan space program is financed mainly by private donations. Nevertheless, the country’s authorities are also providing all possible assistance: President Yoweri Museveni allocated a small grant to the Nsamba team. In addition, the head of the future space power gave permission to launch the space object and promised that he would personally inspect the satellite before launching.
Of course, Uganda’s space program is still far from NASA, but despite skepticism in international media, many Ugandans see the potential of Nsamba and are proud that they have a space program. Who knows, maybe with sufficient investment we would have a second Ilon Mask? Professor Florence D’Jjung, head of the physics department at Makarera University in Kampala, believes that the efforts of Nsamba should not be in vain.
Nevertheless, ASRP is still the first and only association that specializes in the production of spacecraft in Africa. In fact, Christopher Nsamba on pure enthusiasm was able to do some interesting things for Uganda and it was noticed by major international space agencies.