SSTL announces launch date of Nigerian EO satellites

SSTL announces launch date of Nigerian EO satellites

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UK: SSTL, a satellite company, announced that it will launch NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites on behalf of the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) on August 17, 2011. The satellites will be launched by a Dnepr launch vehicle from Yasny, Russia.
Both satellites will assist disaster relief and global environmental monitoring campaigns alongside satellites from other consortium members ASAL (Algeria), BLMIT (China), Deimos Space (Spain) and SSTL (UK). 
The contract to build NigeriaSat-2 was awarded to SSTL in 2006 at a cost of GBP 34 million, with another 18 per cent of the cost spent on insurance. As part of the package, 26 Nigerian engineers were trained in satellite construction to enable them to build the NigeriaSat-X.
Source: SSTL