Cabinet has approved the development of Uganda’s first Satellite Station to spur the country’s space capabilities, Minister of Information Ms. Judith Nabakooba has revealed .
While communicating the decisions made by cabinet this week, Nabakooba said Uganda’s venture in space technology will help the country to leverage space science and technology for sustainable development by increasing “evidence-based technology information” for planning and decision making.
She that once developed Uganda’s Satellite Station will among others , improve space science and technology infrastructure to support Research for Industrial Development; improved defense and security through improved capabilities for cross border movement monitoring and surveillance and increase private sector investment in space science, technology research and innovation.
“This will in the end enhance Foreign Direct Investment and collaborations, which will in turn attract or spur development of new Technologies in the Country,” she added.
Other benefits why cabinet believes Uganda should invest in a Satellite Station include improvement of National Earth observation and remote sensing centres and improved application of Space Science and Technology to the Social, Economic, Political and Environmental needs of the country while ensuring that Uganda also becomes a significant user and player of the outer space.
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