Felix Mutati
Felix Mutati

ZAMBIA TARGETS TO LAUNCH OWN SATELLITE FOR INFORMED DECISION MAKING – MUTATI

Government has set a target for Zambia to launch its own satellite atleast in the next two years in order for the country to have timely data to inform decision making.

Technology and Science Minister Hon Felix Mutati said this ambition will need to be backed by the development of a space science policy which should underpin the target to launch the satellite as a starting point.

Hon Mutati said what the country is doing now is borrowing space from other satellites which limits access to data when it is needed.

Hon Mutati was speaking today during a familiarization tour of the National Remote Sensing Centre and the National Institute for Scientific Research infrastructure in Lusaka.

Hon Mutati said as a result of lacking access to data due to the dependence on foreign satellites, certain disasters which could be avoided are not prevented.

He said the new dawn government’s goal is that as the country is developing its 8th National Development Plan, the anchor for this document should be that by the end of its implementation, Zambia will be able to launch its own satellite.

Hon Mutati said there are already a number of cooperating partners that are willing and stand ready to give funding support especially that the country already has impressive scientific capacity to put up a satellite, which can be locally setup by Zambian brains.

“The goal for the next development plan is that Zambia must launch a satellite with which we will be able to address our challenges in agriculture, land use, health and energy among others which will put the country at a different pace. For everything that we do, launching a satellite becomes the overarching goal” Hon Mutati said.

He said government pronounces itself that the next venture for Zambia in the space of science is to launch a satellite using the knowledge and capabilities of the scientific brains of the country to deal with challenges in real time.

The minister said it is in the interest of the nation that climate change must be dealt with in real time and having a satellite is the most crucial component.

And Hon Mutati tasked the National Remote Sensing Centre to find a strategy on how important national planning information can be conveyed to the broader population instead putting monopoly to it as part of a deliberate effort to implement resolutions made at the Cop 26 on climate change mitigation.

5 COMMENTS

  1. With a careful cost benefit analysis, this was the second most important project after the PTC/ZAMTEL project that is almost obsolete. As a nation which spearheaded the liberation struggle in Southern Africa, we must always be number one in everything including launching our own satellite & thank Hon. Mutati

  2. Before you think of going into space you have to solve problems here on your part of earth. First pay retirees their terminal benefits then you can hallucinate about space projects. That is why I say any credible Government cannot find itself is a state where it can fail to honour terminal benefits to for its retirees.

    • Thinking moving forward is the only key concept to bring sanity and dignity to our nation. Thinking ahead is the only way through from a dark tunnel in to the dawn which is full of light. Planing to set our own setilite is moving forward and that is a positive news to get to have so far as a nation.

  3. Misplaced priorities in a country where getting basic national documents like NRCs, Passport & Voters cards is a nightmare for majority citizens. Same country that failed to conduct a mere census last year or pay for a single dose of Covid vaccine.

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