Nigeria: The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) is aiming develop and build a Nigerian satellite by 2018, its Director-General Prof. Seidu Mohammed, has told media. He said that the agency was working on the legal framework of the Nigerian space programme with a view to enhance the nation's Space Science and Technology Administration.
He added that the legal framework would set the foundation for the establishment of systematic space science and technology in Nigeria. "The policy document for the actualisation of the Nigerian space programme indicates that 2011 is meant for Nigeriasat II and X, while in 2015, the training of astronauts will commence. The agency is expected to achieve the development and building of made-in Nigeria satellite in 2018, while 2025 is for the development of rocketry/ propulsion system," he said.
He said that NASRDA would accomplish the launch of a Nigerian satellite from a Nigerian launch pad by 2030, and that the vision statement of the agency was to make Nigeria build indigenous competence in the development, design and building of appropriate hard and software in space technology.
Source: All Africa