The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, launches from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Saturday, June 3, 2017. Dragon is carrying almost 6,000 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware to the International Space Station in support of the Expedition 52 and 53 crew members. The unpressurized trunk of the spacecraft also will transport solar panels, tools for Earth-observation and equipment to study neutron stars. This will be the 100th launch, and sixth SpaceX launch, from this pad. Previous launches include 11 Apollo flights, the launch of the unmanned Skylab in 1973, 82 shuttle flights and five SpaceX launches. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Now it is time to see African spacecraft going into the orbit and satellites just like we have seen the boosters of American based out space launcher companies. GhanaSat-1 which is the first satellite of Ghana, has begun its orbit recently with the help of its few friends. A dedicated team of Ghanaian engineering built a CubeSat at All Nations University. And they then delivered to NASA’s International Space Station in the month of June; via a SpaceX rocket; which according to a NASA spokesperson confirmation; lift off from pad 39a at Kennedy Space Center.

How the GhanaSat-1 Was Developed?

Following that, in July the GhanaSat-1 was deployed into the orbit from the Center and is now set to be operational, according to a statement of a Ghanaian professor and assistant research scientist at NASA, Richard Damoah.

“This particular satellite has two missions,” Damoah told TechReviewsOnline. “It has cameras on board for detailed monitoring of the coastlines of Ghana. Then there’s an educational piece. That we want to use it to integrate satellite technology into high school curriculum,” he said.

Furthermore, this GhanaSat-1 will dispatch a signal to the ground station, where it was developed; at All Nations University Space Systems and Technology Laboratory; by a promising lot of engineers which includes Joseph Quansah, Benjamin Bonsu, and Ernest Teye Matey.

The Ghanaian Government’s Part:

On the other hand, the president of Ghana acclaimed the launch of GhanaSat-1; and congratulated all the credit-deserving team of engineers directly. Though, Damoah has divulged that the project did not have much support from the government. Instead, the vast amount of resources and training was provided by the Japan’s National Space Agency, JAXA.

The development and launch of GhanaSat-1 have kicked off a flurry of interest in space exploration across Africa. Also, the same SpaceX mission initiated the first CubeSat of Nigeria.

“Several nations, such as South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, and Ethiopia have space agencies. Angola announced its intention to launch a satellite over the coming year;” said Elsie Kanza, Head of Africa at the World Economic Forum.

Moreover, she also drew the attention towards the Pan-African efforts to harmonize space attempts; like the African Union’s African Space Policy and Strategy initiative; that kicked off last year; and promptly induced the AU members stating; “to realize an African Outer space Programme, as one of the flagship programmes….of the AU Agenda.”

GhanaSat-1- To Fuel Up More Space Explorations In Africa:

More to it, Damoah seems very positive; and hopes that the GhanaSAt-1 development and launch; will persuade to contribute the resources to the second satellite project that is underway; and coordinated by All Nations University and the country’s Science Space and Technology Center.
“After this launch, we now have the support of the president and cabinet support,” he said. “We are looking to develop a GhanaSat-2, with high-resolution cameras; that could monitor things such as illegal mining, water use, and deforestation in the country.”


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