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Tunisian engineers launch first Home made satellite

Last updated on December 18th, 2021 at 07:05 am

The advancement of technology in Africa is making steady progress. The speed of technology in Africa is rapid, some countries have developed luxury cars, and they have made progress in the field of telecommunications, electronics and robots. Tunisia has now launched a satellite into space.

Tunisia celebrates Monday’s launch of its first domestic satellite. This encourages young engineers to reach their homes by the stars instead of being among those who migrate abroad. Challenge-1, built by a team from the telecommunications giant TelNet, was blown up along with 37 other satellites aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonurcosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday. That makes Tunisia the sixth African country to build its own satellite and see it reach space.

Tunisia launches first Challenge-1 satellite into Russian Soyuz missile

That makes Tunisia the sixth African country to build its own satellite and see it reach space.

“I am proud to have been involved in this project,” said Khalil Chiha, 27, who trained at the Tunisian National Engineering School in downtown Sfax.

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Tunisia was marred by economic crisis and unemployment skyrocketed even before the infection of coronavirus, in recent months the number of protests against the government looga. The country has long had political and economic challenges but that has not stopped it from the technological revolution

More than a few thousand engineers go out every year to look for work abroad, but this time there are engineers trained in their own country who have designed this satellite. Many Challenge-1 engineers are educated in Tunisia and are between 25 and 30 years old.

The satellite will mark Tunisia’s first test of its spacecraft. The African market is currently grossing more than $ 7 billion a year, according to the Space in Africa website which states that “it is likely to grow by 40% in the next five years.” From 1998 to 2019, 32 satellites were launched by eight African countries and three other satellite projects funded by African organizations. Fifteen of these have been launched in the last four years.