Some years ago, back in 2019 actually, Finance Mthuli Ncube raised eyebrows when he announced that he was setting aside money for Zimbabwe to launch its first satellite into space. It has been years and most of us had almost forgotten about it but it seems the launch of this satellite is imminent. According to state media the geo-spatial satellite dubbed ZimSat-1 will be put in orbit around sometime in November 2022. The satelllite will actually be launched into space in October but it will go into orbit the following month
ZimSat-1 will be on board the Cygnus NB-18 spacecraft that provides commercial carge resupply services to the ISS on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), when it is released into space in October.State media statement on progress this far
According to those working on the project Zimbabwe already has a receiving station for the satellite and trained scientists are already waiting to start making use of the satellite as soon as it reaches its orbit. A lot has been said about the how the satellite gets into orbit with some claiming it will be used to map and protect wetlands. it has also been said the satellite will somehow be used to combat drought.