Federal University of Technology, Akure, announced yesterday that it
would on Thursday launch a satellite into space in partnership with
other local and international organisations and countries.
university said the satellite belonged to Japan, Ghana, Mongolia,
Nigeria and Bangladesh, and would be launched into Space from Kennedy
Space Centre in Florida, USA.
the first ever university satellite to be launched in Nigeria,” a
statement by the university stated. The statement reads further: “
scientific prowess will get a big fillip on Thursday June 1st at
10.55pm (Nigerian time), when the SpaceX Falcon9 Rocket launches Birds 1
satellites, comprising 5 CubeSats belonging to Japan, Ghana, Mongolia,
Nigeria and Bangladesh, into Space.
The Nigerian CubeSat, code
name NigeriaEdusat-1, is designed, built and owned by FUTA, in
collaboration with National Space Research and Development Agency,
NASRDA, Abuja, Nigeria, and Kyushu Institute of Technology Japan.
Adebolu of FUTA’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is the
representative of Nigeria on the project. It is the first ever
university satellite to be launched in Nigeria. .
will be launched and docked to the International Space Station where the
satellites will be deployed into lower orbit during the last week of
June 2017. .
The major objective of NigeriaEdusat-1 is capacity
building, i. e. domesticating the satellite technology in FUTA, and
making the technology a common business among staff and students of the
university for the purpose of research, resources and environmental
management and sustainable socio-economic development of the nation.