Adedayo Akinwale with Agency report
The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has revealed that Nigeria is set to launch Africaâ€™s first nano-satellite into orbit.
The Director General of the agency, Prof. Seidu Mohammed, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said Nigeriaâ€™s nano-satellite would be launched alongside four other countries, including Japan, Ghana, Bangladesh and Nepal between May 23 and 27, 2017.
A nano-satellite is an artificial satellite with a wet mass between one and 10 kg 2.2â€“22 lb which is used for measuring weather changes.
The DG revealed further that the nano-satellite would be launched at the launch base in Miami, Florida, United States.
According to him, â€œNigeria, along with other four countries â€“ Japan, Ghana, Bangladesh and Nepal â€“ in the last one year, came together to work in a constellation to build about five nanosatellites.â€
Continuing, Muhammed said: â€œYou may ask â€˜what are these nanosatellites for?â€™ Itâ€™s a scientific satellite that is to study environmental parameters.
â€œThey would help in most of these environmental issues to study them â€“ environmental characterisation. In addition to that, they would also be carrying camera that would acquire some form of data.
â€œAnd what we have also demonstrated by this is the fact that Nigerian engineers and scientists earlier built Nigerian Sat-X using the laboratory in Missouri.
â€œTheyâ€™ve gone ahead again to build nano-satellite in the laboratory in Kyushu University in Japan and all these are parts of efforts to sustain technology already transferred to Nigerian scientists and engineers,
â€œThose nanosatellites, each time they are within the Nigerian territory, would be singing national anthem.
â€œSo those who carry UHF radio would be able to receive it and all these are part of Nigeriaâ€™s efforts,â€ he said.
Mohammed also declared that Nigeria would be a space power by 2030, sending an astronaut into space from Nigerian-owned launch facility on Nigeriaâ€™s soil.
â€œThere is a â€˜Roadmap for Development of Space Science and Technologyâ€™ ending in 2030.We hope by 2030, facilities for launch would have been provided in Nigeria so that by that year, we would have launched satellite from Nigeria into space.â€