The National Space Agency (NASRDA) has related that its partnership with five countries has brought about the successful completion of a global project for the design and manufacture of five
indistinguishable (identical) Nano-Satellites.
The information was relayed by the Head, Media and Corporate Communication, NASRDA, Dr Felix Ale, in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
In a nutshell, Nano-satellites or Nano-sats are scaled-down (miniaturized) satellites of low mass and size, for gathering scientific data and to provide wide-ranging space coverage at much lower cost.
According to Dr. Ale, the satellites were being scheduled to launch into the orbit for various applications in May 2017.
Ale explained that the multinational satellite project known as “Bird Project“ was presented in 2015 by the Japanese government and executed through the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan for developing countries.
Ale stated that the project was fashioned to facilitate 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,’’ Ale added.
Dr. Ale continued that NASRDA in partnership with the Federal University of Technology, Akure took part in the design and manufacture of the satellites scheduled 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,“ Ale declared.
Ale however explained that the satellites were expected to accomplish six missions after its successful launch, emphasizing that three of the missions would be planned on board.
He also hinted that the other three missions would be realized in the ground stations of the participating countries.
Ale continued that the three on-board missions will include taking photographs of homeland of participating countries using the on-board cameras of 0.3mp and 5mp.
Other on-board mission consists of the Dig-singer mission that involves exchange of song from the Nano Satellites to Ham radio receivers (UHF band) and measurement of single-event –latch up in orbit, as detailed by Ale.
Ale further said that the project would enhance the successful and regular download of images from the five satellites, while the project was also a prototype for achieving satellites projects with low cost and size.
Dr. Ale stated that the project was an innovation and exceptional research model for NASRDA, adding that its completion would moreover help the agency to strengthen its partnership on research with Nigerian universities.
Ale also added that three Nigerians had also benefited from capacity development from the project by receiving Doctorate Degrees (PhDs) in Space Science and Technology.
Ale concluded that the space project had finally resulted in the fast, cheap and duplication of satellite business and operation, (thecitizenng.com).
What more can we say, than a nice one there, and congratulations to all initiators and participants, even as we look forward to more collaborations in many other business areas. The time to think and act is now; these are life and business essentials, so let’s keep thinking clearly. Thank you for reading and do have a beautiful day!
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