Mars Society Kenya is a non-profit organization with a youthful community of Space enthusiasts focused on the Space sector. We are the Kenyan Chapter of the American worldwide volunteer-driven space-advocacy non-profit organization under Dr. Robert Zubrin.
Our hope and desire is to partner with the Kenyan government in reviving the Space industry in Kenya, through forming partnerships to deliver either individual projects, communal or those of the Kenya Space Agency.
Kenya is one of the few countries globally with its own space port. The country is slowly rising from the dust in terms of its involvement in the Space industry and having such a goal first and then working backwards through the measures we as a country need to take in order to achieve this goal is surely the best way to go as we advance our presence in the Space above and beyond.
To do this, Mars Society Kenya is working on establishing a Space City. The Space City will be a fully-fledged space academy which will also feature a Mars Simulation Habitat. MARS SOCIETY KENYA has decided to establish a Mars Habitat Simulation Programme / Research Station to be set up in the country. The region is suitable for an MDRS, which will enable both the citizens and any other willing party to practice and experiment on a Martian-like environment, even as we purpose to eventually have a human presence on Mars.
This camp will form the basis of all the operations of the port or the main programme of the project. The camp will receive and train people of all walks of life for a fee. In line with the ASI-Sapienza Agreement (between the University of Nairobi and the University of Rome, Italy), successful trainees will qualify to join the space port for internship, this period will serve as the officially working population of the port. The interns will be involved in all manner of the port’s operations.
After successfully going through internship, the interns will be placed where they fit best and on their personal accord, to ensure maximum and accident-free business operations.
The project is expected to raise its own staff and not unless in the worst case scenario where a post is urgently needed and the internship cannot fill; nor can the current staff work their way up to fill the empty slot, that this slot will be filled by an ‘outsider’.
Partners of the project, such as the Italian Space Agency can send their representatives to fill specific posts, but individuals of the same, on a learning experience will have to go through the system like the locals.
Our partners, just like those of the Kenya Space Agency will be;
- Ministries, Departments and Agencies
- Academia (Youth in STEM)
- Regional and International Organizations
- Private Sector and Civil Society Organizations
We are open to partnerships in helping us establish the Space City. We are also accepting donations in cash or kind. More on the project can be found here;
Kindly donate: https://www.givingway.com/donate/mars-kenya
Read entire manuscript: https://dl.iafastro.directory/event/GLEX-2021/paper/61678/