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by Ismail Akwei, at 02:02 pm, March 06, 2018, Tech & Innovation

#TIT: These few African countries have satellites in space

Angolan satellite launched into orbit last year

Technology is a significant part of our lives and currently, countries are ranked better than others based on their level of technological development that invariably affects its population.

Face2Face Africa presents Technology and Innovation Tuesday or #TIT series which highlights technological advancements and innovation in Africa every Tuesday. This series also aims to expose the brains behind life-saving innovations produced by Africans.

Our first instalment of #TIT looks at the few Sub-Saharan African countries that have sent satellites into space to orbit the earth for research and other purposes.

As of 2018, only nine countries and one inter-governmental organisation in the world have sent objects including satellites into orbit with their own launch vehicles. They include the European Space Agency, Russia, China and the United States.

No African country has launched satellites into space using its own launch vehicles. However, only four countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have satellites orbiting the earth. Three African satellites were launched into orbit in 2017 alone.

Here are the four countries with satellites in space.

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