Students in Ghana aim for the orbit with model
18 May 2013 Last updated at 00:23 BST
Students in Ghana have attached a model satellite to a balloon using plastic jars and other everyday objects, in the first part of an ambitious space project.
They are hoping to be able to send a satellite into orbit by 2016.
The aim is to use the satellite to help monitor local and regional developments including deforestation, pollution and floods.
Peter Musembi reports.