UK: Nigeria’s first satellite imaging engineers are receiving hands-on training at UK-based DMC International Imaging (DMCii), to manage and process the images NigeriaSat-1 and the future NigeriaSat-2 and NX satellites.
Those getting trained will develop African satellite imaging capability for monitoring desertification, land use, water resources and international disasters.
The training and development programme with DMCii complements the training of Nigerian engineers within parent company SSTL that is reinforcing Nigeria’s space programme with fully qualified native talent. The period of training is 16 months.
NigeriaSat-1 is currently providing regular images in order to map the spread of desertification in West Africa. In separate campaigns it is also being used to map the course of the river Niger and contributing to land use mapping in South Africa.
The Nigerian trainees have also honed their skills response to the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters, which is a global effort to coordinate satellite imaging of natural disasters from space including flooding and wild fires.
An important part of the technical training is to learn about image processing techniques that remove distortion from data, and orthorectification – the process of lining up the image data with geographical navigation information so it can used to make maps for governments and relief agencies.