Nigeria: Nigerian experts have developed a satellite, called NigeriaSat-X for disaster monitoring, according to Mohammed Kaoje, Science and Technology Minister, Nigeria. The minister said that experts at UK Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL where the satellites are being developed) are giving finishing touches to the satellite to ensure its successful launch scheduled later this year.
NigeriaSat-X will provide high resolution images meant for maps of Nigeria every four months, monthly monitoring of Nigerian crops for food supply security, and support the development of the Nigerian national GIS by providing high quality geospatial data.
Kaoje confirmed that NigeriaSat-X is being fine-tuned to avoid mistakes recorded with similar projects in the past while Nigeria sat-2 is almost ready for launch. Kaoje said, “NigeriaSat-2 is a satellite fitted with 2.5, 3.2 and 5metre resolution cameras.” NigeriaSat-2 is expected to replace NigeriaSat-1, which was launched into space in 2003. It is intended to assist with disaster relief and global environmental monitoring campaigns alongside satellites from other consortium members ASAL (Algeria), BLMIT (China), Deimos Space (Spain), and SSTL (UK).
SSTL had, in May announced that it will launch the NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites on behalf of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) by a Dnepr launch vehicle from Yasny, Russia.
The new satellite can be controlled both directly from Nigeria and also from SSTL’s ground station to provide rapid imaging, with a typical 3-day turnaround from satellite tasking to GIS-ready images.
Source: Daily Independent