Nigeria, five other countries collaborate to manufacture five identical Nano-Satellites – Agency

Nano satellites [Photo: spaceplasma]
Nano satellites [Photo: spaceplasma]

The National Space Agency, NASRDA, says its collaboration with five countries has resulted in the successful completion of a global project for the design and manufacture of five identical Nano-Satellites.

Felix Ale, Head, Media and Corporate Communication, NASRDA made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

Nano-satellites or Nano-sats are miniaturised satellites of low mass and size for gathering scientific data and to provide more comprehensive space coverage at much lower cost.

Mr. Ale said that the satellites were being proposed for launch into the orbit in May for various applications.

He said the multinational satellite project known as “Bird Project” was introduced in 2015 by the Japanese government and implemented through the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan for developing countries.

He said that the project was designed to enhance space-related capacity building and human resource development.

“A total number of 15 engineers and scientists from Nigeria, Japan, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Ghana and Thailand are selected through a competitive global process for the project,’’ he said.

Mr. Ale said that NASRDA in collaboration with the Federal University of Technology, Akure participated in the design and manufacture of the satellites billed to operate through seven ground stations across the world.

“The Nano-satellites will be launched into orbit aboard space X Rocket.

“It will be released from the International Space Station with an orbital parameter of altitude of 460km and inclination of 15.6,” Mr. Ale said.

He said that the satellites were expected to attain six missions after its successful launch, adding that three of the missions would be planned on board.

He also revealed that the other three missions would be accomplished in the ground stations of the participating countries.

According to Mr. Ale, the other three onboard missions will consist of the taking photographs of homeland of participating countries using the onboard cameras of 0.3mp and 5mp.

Other onboard missions include the Dig-singer mission that entails exchange of song from the Nano Satellites to Ham radio receivers (UHF band) and measurement of single-event –latch up in orbit, according to him.

He said that the project would aid the successful and regular download of images from the five satellites, while the project was also a model for achieving satellites projects with low cost and size.

He said that the project was an innovation and excellent research model for NASRDA, adding that the its completion would further assist the agency to strengthen its collaboration on research with Nigerian universities.

Mr. Ale said that three Nigerians had also benefited from capacity development from the project by receiving doctorate degrees (Ph.Ds.) in Space Science and Technology.

He said that the space project had ultimately resulted in the cheap, fast and duplication of satellite business and operation.

(NAN)


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  • Okokondem

    Call me cynical but I’m skeptical about a country incapable of maintaining a national airline, incapable of generating power more than 3000 megawatts for a population of 170 million, making a foray into satellite technology. What is next, nuclear power? Question is, how much does this cost the country?

    • Rommel

      You should have rejected GSM technology since Nigeria then was not capable of providing 500,000 fixed telephone lines

      • Okokondem

        You didn’t and couldn’t refute their failure in ordinary building roads and bridges for the population. Failure to provide electricity or as I said, run a functional national airline. It’s apologists like yourself that make me sick to my core. You think it’s fashionable to defend the indefensible, and you delude yourself into believing that makes you a patriot, no it doesn’t.

        I was in the country in mid to late 1970s when it was common knowledge that the late Abiola was awarded a contract under ITT worth over N850 million. This was a time when the foreign exchange rate was N1 : $1.85, meaning $1.7 billion at the time.

        For decades after that, telephone service in Nigeria was epileptic at best, in spite of all that money and possibly a lot more allocation by the Nigerian government.

        It wasn’t until the early to mid 2000s that thank God, that the spread of cellular technology from developed western nations spilled over to countries like Nigeria.

        To credit Nigerian government for access to cell phone technology in the country shows that you are either in self denial or outright ignorant.

        Are you aware that David Mark, in his capacity as the federal minister of communication during one of the dreaded military regimes that served as incubation for corrupt practices the country is still struggling to free itself, is credited to saying that, “telephone is not for everyone.”