Teenagers, 17 years old Brittany Bull and 16 year old Sesam Mngqengqiswa Have Great Ambitions to launch Africa first Private Satellite into Space in 2019.
This space shuttle has been designed and built by a team of high school girls from Cape Town, South Africa to orbit the earth scanning the African surface. As Brittany Bull a student at Pelican Park High School explains, data will be collected on agriculture, food security and climate change within the continent that would be used to determine and predict problems that Africa will be facing in the future and their solutions. The space shuttles will transmit information on a daily basis.
The project is co-sponsored by the South African Meta Economic Development Organization and Morehead State University in the United States of America.
Cape Peninsula University of Technology in an effort to encourage African girls into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) decided to train 14 girls by satellite engineers for this exploration. MEDO will become the first private company in Africa to build a Satellite to be launched into the universe in 2019. Sesam Mngqengqiswa an enthusiastic student from Philippi High School expresses her desire to be receiving good signals for a perfect communication during their exploration.
According to UN reports, droughts and environmental effects from climate change have cost a lot to South Africa, causing their economy to drop as Sesam explains.
Even though this is a new field in Africa, the young girls are very determine and optimistic that this will make positive impact on the economy of Africa.
The project hopefully will include young girls from other Africa countries like Namibia, Malawi, Kenya, and Rwanda. This innovation is going to make Africa especially African women proud because over a century and a half of space exploration, no black African has ever had this experience.
These girls promise to prove to their fellow women that, women can fit into any career without any limitation.
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Source: CNN News