A JKUAT physicist was privileged to participate in the workshop on Satellite Navigation Science and Technology for Africa held recently in Trieste, Italy. The purpose of the workshop was to train African scientists on the technology and benefits of satellite navigation for Africa and was sponsored by the US based Boston College, Institute of Navigation and Federal Aviation Administration.
Dr. Jared O. H. Ndeda was accompanied by two of his students, Mr. Felix Onjwaya and Mr. Peter Loreh, both fourth year students of Physics. A number of benefits for JKUAT arising from the workshop have already been realized such as the donation and subsequent installation of modern SCINDA GPS equipment now at Department of Physics that is to transform JKUAT into a space research centre.
The participants became aware of the direct applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) in solving the daily human problems. They were able to commence collaboration with Boston Institute for Scientific Research that has already donated space research equipment under the SCINDA GPS project to support JKUAT intended space program. Collaboration was initiated with ICPT, from where a computer was secured for space data analysis. Besides that Eastern Africa regional space science group was started that includes: Kenya, Uganda, Zambia; and will soon bring on board Tanzania, Rwanda, D.R. Congo and Burundi. Research collaborations will be more effective if data resources are pooled from the network of existing equipment in some of these countries. Dr. J. Ndeda gained free membership to the Institute of Navigation. JKUAT students stand to benefit from these partnerships.
The author is a lecturer in the Department of Physics – JKUAT