Ghana has successfully launched its first satellite, GhanaSat-1, into space which will reportedly be used to monitor Ghana’s coastline for mapping purposes and to build capacity in space science and technology. Cheers erupted as 400 people, including the engineers, gathered in the southern Ghanaian city to watch live pictures of the launch. The first signal was received shortly afterwards.
GhanaSat-1, which was developed by students at All Nations University in Koforidua, was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre with technical support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). It is the culmination of a two-year project, that reportedly cost $50,000 (£40,000).
“It has opened the door for us to do a lot of activities from space and also help us train the upcoming generation on how to apply satellites in different activities around our region. For instance, [monitoring] illegal mining is one of the things we are looking to accomplish,”