Ghana launches first satellite, 60 years after independence

Ghana on map
Ghana on map

Ghana’s first satellite, dubbed Ghansat-1, was released and deployed into orbit at an altitude of 420 km, local media reported on Friday.

“This followed the successful launch on June 10 into the International Space Station (ISS) by SpaceX, Flight 11 from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, the United States,’’ local media said.

The media reported that the process was watched live at All Nations University campus in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital, some 85 km east of the capital.

It said the satellite was built by students of All Nations University.

“The successful launch of the satellite has put Ghana on the international map as the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to launch academic satellite into space.

“The successful launch also paved way for the country to explore the full benefit of satellite technology,’’ it added.

The satellite has cameras onboard capable of taking pictures of Ghana and providing data on happenings on Ghana’s coastal areas and the environment

Ghana got its independence from Britain in 1957.

(Xinhua/NAN)


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  • SHAD MESCH OKOYE

    And you said that Nigeria is the giant of Africa! If Igbo students and their scientists were recognised as citizens of Nigeria since after the war, this and many more things would have been achieved many years ago

    • Dejandon

      Like the Igbos built first TV station in Africa?

  • 0tile

    Ghana, akwaba

  • Dejandon

    Not true. The first academic satellite in Africa was launched last month by Nigeria, built by FUTA.

    This needs to be corrected by Premium Times.

  • Alhaji

    So, what do Hausa and Fulani launch in Nigeria? Looting, stealing and jihad.