Kenya

African Cape Canaveral

The African Cape Canaveral? It’s in Malindi, Kenya, a few degrees south of the Equator, amongst sandy white beaches and coconut palms. Here, in the Sixties, the first European satellites were launched into orbit and for more than twenty years, Italy continued launching rockets into space. Then the Europeans moved to French Guiana and the African base was closed. Until a couple of years ago, when Malindi was reopened. The base is destined to expand in the future. Because Kenya is strategically important, even fundamental, for the land control of European, Chinese and Russian satellites and expendable launch systems. Not only: Kenya is – within Africa – the ideal location for space rocket launches, and there’s talk of Malindi becoming the future launch site for the rockets belonging to the emerging African powers.

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