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Nigeria to launch Africa’s first nanosatellite

Nigeria is set to launch Africa’s first nanosatellite into the orbit with four other countries between May 23-27.

A nano-satellite is an artificial satellite with a wet mass between one and 10 kg 2.2–22 lb used for measuring weather changes.

The satellite built by Nigerian engineers will be shot into space at the launch base in Miami, Florida, US, according to Professor Seidu Mohammed, the Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA.

“Nigeria, along with other four countries; Japan, Ghana, Bangladesh and Nepal in the last one year, came together to work in a constellation to build about five nanosatellites…You may ask ‘what are these nanosatellites for?’ It’s a scientific satellite that is to study environmental parameters. They would help to study most of these environmental issues.” Mohammed said in New York.

NASRDA a space research agency established in 1999 has launched five satellites since 2003.

NASRDA a space research agency established in 1999 has launched five satellites since 2003.

The first satellite NigeriaSat-I, a global disaster monitoring constellation satellite designed by Surrey Space Technology Limited, was launched in 2003. The second NigComSat-I and Africa’s pioneer communication satellite built in China, 2004, was launched on May 13, 2007.

While the third and fourth, NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X, designed by Surrey Space Technology Limited, were launched on August 17, 2011.

NigComSat-1, the fifth was launched into orbit by China on December 19, 2011.

 

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