The first high resolution satellite imagery was released from NigeriaSat-2, as engineers from the Nigerian national space agency (NASRDA) and the satellite’s manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) continue in the commissioning of the new satellite from NASRDA’s headquarters in Abuja. Testing of all the systems on-board the satellite has been successfully completed and calibration of the imaging payloads is ongoing with outstanding results already being produced.
NigeriaSat-2 is the first SSTL 300 kg class satellite. During disasters, NigeriaSat-2 will complement its fellow disaster monitoring constellation satellites by using its high resolution imager to “zoom in” on areas of interest and determine if individual buildings are damaged, bridges destroyed or roads impassable. It is also the first satellite in the African Resource Management (ARM) constellation.
NASRD also plans to harness the satellite’s new capabilities and fast image downloading to map the entire country in detail every four months. The high resolution and geo-location accuracy of the satellite make it possible to monitor urban development in sprawling cities such as Lagos and for planning infrastructure such as roads. Geospatial data will also be used to update the land registry with accurate and current information.