Nigerian satellite, Nig-sat 1, has been actively involved in the mitigation of recent Asian Tsunami disaster, by supplying satellite images of the affected areas to aid agencies managing the disaster.
Minister for Science and Technology, Professor Turner Isoun, said this at a briefing in Abuja and commended the quick response by Nig sat 1 to the disaster, saying “the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) responded quickly to the Asian disaster by acquiring satellite images of the affected areas, and has been supplying two sets of data daily to RESPOND – a European Space Agency (ESA) project charged with the responsibility of producing and delivering maps of the region to aid agencies managing the disaster.”
The satellite was able to acquire over 20 images of the affected areas, which it downloaded to the central archives of the DMC, for onward transmission to RESPOND.
The DMC consists of four spacecrafts and Nig sat 1 is one of them; they work in constellation to provide medium resolution data. In order to fully actualise the educational and R and D values of the Nigeria Sat-1, plans are underway to establish an International Space Research and Development Laboratory, for which scientists and engineers can be provided with opportunities to develop and achieve innovations for the overall development of space technology, the minister said.
“Plans are also underway for collaboration with some Nigerian universities in establishing departments of Space Science and Technology, for short courses, first degrees and higher degree studies,” he said.