Nigeria is to launch its second satellite in 2007, Science and Technology Minister Turner Isoun said recently in Abuja. The satellite, christened “NigeriaSat-2″is coming after the pioneer “NigeriaSat-1” launched on Sept. 27, 2003 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.
The NigeriaSat-2, a 2.5-metre high-resolution satellite is presently at the design stage. It is expected to be launched in 2007.
The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) was working on the new satellite as part of African Resources and Environmental Management Constellation (AREMAC) satellite. The satellite was being developed in the interest and in line with the objective of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) for the sustainable development of the continent. When launched, NigeriaSat-2 would also cater for the wider interests of geo-information stakeholders. It would serve as sources of geo-information data acquisition for both core and thematic data sets for the National Geospatial Data Infrastructure (NGDI) project.