New York: Nigeria’s National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, Boss Professor Seidu Mohammed
told journalists in the big apple that Nigeria is to launch Africa’s initial nano satellite into orbit.
He said the constellation of five nano satellites is a project of the Centre for Satellite Technology Development at NASRDA in partnership with Japan, Ghana, Bangladesh and Nepal. The launch will be from Miami, Florida, US in the May 23-27 corridor.
He said the nano satellites were built by Nigerian scientists working in the lab at laboratory at japan’s Kyushu and expressed delight at the technology transferred to Nigerian scientists and engineers from the project.
He reminded journalists that Nigerian engineers and scientists earlier built Nigerian Sat-X at the lab in Missouri, USA.
He said Nigeria would use the nano satellites for data generation and scientific study of environmental parameters.
He used the occasion to call on Nigerian youth to to pursue careers in space science and technology.
He said Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, was working on a
‘Roadmap for Development of Space Science and Technology’ which Nigeria hopes to fully actualize by the year 2030. He said the plan is to sending an astronaut into orbit from Nigerian soil including having Nigeria on the international space station .
He also gave a big shout out to the engineers and scientists at NASRDA, saying they were working to roll out the first locally made satellite from the agency’s facility by the end of 2018.
Nano satellite is a synthetic satellite with a wet mass between one and ten metric weight unit a pair of.2–22 lb.
NASRDA has launched 5 satellites, 3 for earth observation satellites and 2 for communication. This is more than any African country.
Since beginning in 2001, NASRDA had launched 5 satellites. the primary satellite, NigeriaSat-I, a world disaster watching constellation satellite, engineered by a UK-based satellite technology company, Surrey house Technology restricted, was launched in 2003. NigComSat-I, the second Nigerian satellite was ordered from China in 2004; it absolutely was Africa’s initial communication satellite and was launched in 2007. The third and fourth, NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X, engineered by Surrey house Technology restricted, were launched in 2011. The fifth, NigComSat-1R was launched by China in 2011.