Nigeria: Nigeria’s second earth observation satellite (NigeriaSat-2) is to be launched in the first quarter of 2011, Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Mohammed Ka’oje Abubakar said. The minister revealed that the components were presently being transported to the launching site in Yansy, Russia.
According to him, “the Know How Technology Training undertaken by Nigerian scientists and engineers included the building of a flight standard training model called the Nigeriasat-x, which would be inaugurated along with the NigeriaSat-2 as a demonstration of Nigeria’s capability of building future satellites here in Nigeria.”
Director General of the Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), which is in charge of the project, Dr. Seidu Mohammed, said Nigeria, being a member of the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC), a global association of satellite owners; has begun to reap the proceeds of its satellite in the orbit.
According to him, the country has generated about GBP 175,000 this year from NigeriaSat-1 satellite monitoring royalties. He added that National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), through the deployment of satellite has saved the country over USD 5 million that would have been spent on land use and land cover mapping.