Ghana has taken a giant step in Space Science Technology by launching its first satellite, named GhanaSat-1.
The satellite developed by students from the All Nations University College, Koforidua was launched to the International Space Station by Space X, Flight 11 from the Kennedy Space Centre in the state of Florida in the United States in June and is expected to be released and deployed at noon on July 7, 2017.
The satellite, which will be sub-Sahara’s first academic satellite, has low- and high-resolution cameras on board to take pictures of Ghana, monitor Ghana’s coastal areas and provide data on the environment. It also has a digi singer SNG mission which can be used to broadcast songs, Ghana’s National Anthem for example, from space!
The project which took two years to complete is the brainchild of three Engineering graduates of the ANUC: Benjamin Bonsu, Joseph Quansah and Ernest Teye Matey, and supervised by Professor Mengu Cho, the Director of the Laboratory of Spacecraft Environment Interaction Engineering (LaSEINE) and some faculty members of Kyutech.
The satellite project came about as a result of a partnership between All Nations University College and Kyutech, Japan in 2015.
WRITER: FERDINAND SENAM HASSAN