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1KUNS-PF (1st Kenyan University NanoSatellite-Precursor Flight) is a 1U CubeSat developed by the University of Nairobi, Kenya, as a precursor for the Kenayan-Italian IKUNS earth observation CubeSat.

1KUNS, an extension of IKUNS (Italian-Kenyan University NanoSatellite), is a project run by the University of Nairobi in collaboration with “La Sapienza” University of Rome and the Italian Space Agency, and is part of the projects initiated in 2015 between ASI and “La Sapienza” under the Convention for managing activities at the Broglio Space Centre in Malindi (Kenya). IKUNS will involve developing a cubesat for Earth Observation and technological testing.

1KUNS-PF has been selected by the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) to benefit from the opportunity to be launched by the Japanese Kibo module in the International Space Station (ISS), as part of the “KiboCube” program.

Nation: Kenya
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: University of Nairobi
Contractors: University of Nairobi
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51.6° (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
1KUNS-PF - 2017 with ?