Ghana: Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI) and Ghana Atomic Commission (GAEC) have outlined a roadmap for the launch of Ghana’s first earth observation satellite, Ghanasat-1. The project would cost Ghana USD 250 million.
The project would be launched under a JV company “GHANA SAT LTD” which is a joint venture between the state,GSSTI,GAEC and Menasat Gulf – a company that produces satellites.
The project would be implemented in three stages, and the data centre would be established in 2015, that will start the receiving, processing and analysis of RADAR data from COSMO-SkyMed sat of Italian Space Agency..
In phase two, the ground direct receiving stations would be established and the final phase would be the launch of satellite in 2020.
The data centre would help Ghana to reduce its cots on satellite image procurement and will help towards establishing its National Spatial Development Framework.