The Teens Launching Africa’s First Private Satellite

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It’s one thing to metaphorically reach for the stars, but what if teenagers could actually explore space? Bjarke Gotfredsen, the founder of an electronics and technology development company called XinaBox, is helping make that happen for students in Cape Town, South Africa.

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He built dozens of handheld micro sensors with the goal of allowing high schoolers to send their own satellites into orbit.

What’s more, Gotfredsen even purchased Africa’s first privately owned satellite to give the students a platform for operating their own classroom ground control.

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Discovering space and seeing the Earth’s atmosphere, it’s not something many black Africans have been able to do, or do not get the opportunity to look at,”. In half a century of space travel, no black African has journeyed to outer space.

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