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Nigeria delays launch of EO satellites

Nigeria: The National Space Research & Development Agency (NASRDA), delayed the launches of two new low orbit Earth Observation (EO) satellites, NigeriaSAT-2 and NigeriaSAT-X, announced, Dr. S.O. Mohammed, Director General & Chief Executive of NASRDA.
These satellites were scheduled to be launched on July 7, 2011 from Yasney, Russia, by DNEPR launch vehicle. NSRDA head of media and corporate affairs Felix Ale blamed the postponement on a report from the launch site in Russia citing logistical and technical reasons. A new date for the launches will be announced soon.
The contract to build NigeriaSat-2 was awarded to SSTL in 2006 at a cost of GBP 34 million, with another 18 per cent of the cost spent on insurance. As part of the package, 26 Nigerian engineers were trained in satellite construction to enable them to build the NigeriaSat-X.
Source: NASRDA