Design. Make. Launch.

Nakuja project aims to build a liquid-fuel rocket to bring small satellites into the orbit.

We are based in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya.

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Nakuja project will join the exhibition at the Kenya Space Expo and Conference 2024.

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We successfully launched the N-3.5 rocket with the Kenya Space Agency (KSA).

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The internship application 2024 batch 2 (May-August) is closed.

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Rocket development in Kenya

We are a university-based amateur rocketry group in Kenya. Our goal is to create a liquid-propellants rocket that can bring nanosatellites into the low earth orbit. The purpose of the project is to nurture the talent to drive the science and technology innovation in the continent.

Low cost and open source

All our code and work proceedings are opensource and available on version control software, GitHub. Since the project is student centred, we strive to ensure all our work is low cost and we utilise all resources available in the school.

Partnership

The Nakuja project works with the Kenya Space Agency (KSA) that promotes space development in Kenya. KSA has supported us in various activities:

  • Facilitating the launch of our rockets
  • Visiting Broglio Space Center in Malindi to study the ground station facility
  • Allowing us to participate in the Kenya Space Expo and Conference to showcase our collaboration
Launch of the N-3 rocket facilitated by KSA

Timeline

Our final goal is to launch a liquid propellants rocket to bring nanostellites into orbit. We set a couple of milestones to progress our project in time. We developed three solid model rockets: N-1, N-2, and N-3 rockets. We also started the development of a test stand for the liquid rocket engine.

2019

June 2019

Project started

2020

Mar 2020

First firing test of solid rocket motor

2021

May 2021

Launch of N-1 rocket

2022

November 2022

Launch of N-2 rocket

2023

2023

Development of N-3 rocket

Development of Liquid rocket engine test stand

2024

January 2024

Launch of N-3 rocket

May 2024

Launch of N-3.5 rocket

August 2024

Launch of N-4 rocket

2025

First launch of liquid propellant rocket