Africa prepares for boom in its space industry
Long considered a latecomer, Africa is launching itself into space with ambition and drive.
With enormous gaps in communication, education and science, the demand for satellite capacity in Africa is growing fast.
The African space industry is expected to top $22 billion by 2026. In 2022, countries allocated a total of $539 million to their respective space programs.
A Chinese-backed spaceport planned in Djibouti has been touted as a game changer.
In a sign that that the continent deems space as a strategic industry, the African Union in January inaugurated the African Space Agency based in Cairo.