- Dec 2008
- Somewhere in Africa
Well put Kromanti
That's nonsense.Africa would be much worse without the "white man".
Yeah.. With South African technology and her defacto capability to build Launch Pads African countries could build and launch satellites into orbit on African soil , not paying $70 million USD per launch. Nigeria has showed the world that Africans can indeed build satellites by itself.
Nigerians have been learning the trade.
And we will be launching our own satellite ourselves in 4 years time.
1) NigeriaSat-1 (Disaster Monitoring Constellation System)
2) NigeriaSat-2 (High Resolution earth monitoring satellite (Mapping) Launched 17 August 2011
3) NigComSat-1 (Africa's first communications satellite)
4) NigComSat-1R (Communications Satellite) Launch December 2011
5) Nigerian Pico Satellite (Monitoring and Disaster Management) Launch 2015
6) NigeriaSat-X (Earth monitoring satellite (Disaster Relief) Launched 17 August 2011
In Use, No longer in Use, Yet to launch
The sources I read said a satellite will be launched in Nigeria in 2015
That tag simply means it is in the league of the most advanced satellites, It is stated in another article.
Nigeria has already taken steps in place, our engineers are fast becoming some of the best in the world in this field and I think our space development is developing quite rapidly and impressively. By 2015/2017 there will be some impressive developments coming out of Nigeria.
http://www.satnews.com/cgi-bin/story.cgi?number=1095219858"]Here is the article on the Nigerian Pico Satellite which could possibly the first satellite manufactured and launched in Nigeria.[/URL]
Nigeria... Pico Placement Planned (Satellite) : Satnews Publishers
The engineers dubbed it one of the world's most advanced satellites based on its specifications.
here is why sources all over the world have went with the tag "one of the world's most advanced satellites".
Now if someone like A darter that has a background in engineering can come out with a reason why the engineers should be faulted then fine.
SSTL successfully launches two further Earth observation satellites
by Staff Writers
Guildford UK (SPX) Aug 18, 2011
SSTL's NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites were successfully launched Wednesday at 07:12:20 UTC onboard a Dnepr rocket from Yasny in southern Russia. The highly advanced Earth observation satellites will significantly boost African capabilities for natural resource management, as well as aid disaster relief through the Disaster Monitoring Constellation.
Following confirmation of separation from the launch vehicle, ground stations in Abuja and Guildford established contact with NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X respectively and commissioning of the satellites in their 700 km sun-synchronous orbit is now progressing.
The two satellites, built under contract with the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), will provide Nigeria with the ability to enhance food security through monthly crop monitoring, assist with burgeoning urban planning demands and, through the development of engineering skills, will advance the growth of new technologies in Nigeria.
Science Minister David Willetts said: "The completion of this significant engineering project is testament to the success of the rapidly growing UK space industry. Not only are we producing technology and services that are in global demand but we are also helping more countries use satellite imagery to tackle important issues, including urban development and disaster relief."
NigeriaSat-2, one of the most advanced Earth observation small satellites launched, will provide high-resolution (2.5-metres) images whilst, under a 3-year training and development programme, 26 Nigerian engineers have worked alongside SSTL engineers in Guildford, assembling the accompanying 100kg NigeriaSat-X. After completion of the commissioning phase, NASRDA engineers will control both satellites from their ground station in Abuja.
SSTL's Executive Chairman, Sir Martin Sweeting, commented: "We congratulate the Nigerian Government on the advancement of their Earth Observation capability. SSTL's training programmes give testimony to space being a truly international endeavour. Continuing to change the economics of space, SSTL prides itself in providing highly capable and affordable spacecraft for our customers' operational needs."
NASRDA head, Dr S.O Mohammed, said: "This is a great day for the Nigerian space industry and builds on the success of NigeriaSat-1, launched in 2003. NigeriaSat-2 will significantly boost African capabilities for remote sensing applications, specifically for natural resource management. This high resolution satellite will also greatly enhance image data available to the Disaster Monitoring Constellation. Through a comprehensive training programme, Nigerian engineers have worked on the design and build of NigeriaSat-X, benefiting Nigeria's growing space industry and inspiring development of new technologies."
The mission launching from Yasny, in Southern Russia, will give Nigeria the ability to pinpoint individual buildings for urban planning in its sprawling cities, and to monitor crops more precisely.
Based on the SSTL 300 smallsat platform, the satellite is designed to deliver 2.5-meter panchromatic and 5-meter multispectral resolution, with a 20-km (12-mi.) swath. It will be able to roll 45 deg. off center to provide stereo imaging and faster response.
Nigeria’s National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) plans to use it in conjunction with NigeriaSat-1, another SSTL product, to map the country every four months. The newer spacecraft has 20 times the data-delivery capacity of its predecessor, and Nigeria’s space agency plans to make it available commercially as well as to use it for national needs.
The information also will be supplied to the Data Monitoring Constellation (DMC), which will use it along with other small Earth-observing satellites to provide global daily monitoring coordinated by DMC International Imaging Ltd.
Launching with NigeriaSat-2 will be NigeriaSat-X, built by a group of 26 Nigerian engineers in an SSTL training program at the company’s facilities in Guildford, England. The spacecraft will supplement NigeriaSat-2 data with 22-meter resolution across a 600-km swath.
If you have specifications then post it.
This is Right from the Manufacturers Website, they are the world's leading small satellite company
Highly advanced NigeriaSat-2 small satellite launch date announced
SSTL has today announced that it will launch the NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites on behalf of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) by a Dnepr launch vehicle from Yasny, Russia on 29th October 2010.
NigeriaSat-2 is the most advanced small satellite ever to be launched, defining new standards in Earth observation and avionics. The spacecraft, which is based upon SSTL’s flagship SSTL-300i platform, will be used primarily for resource management and mapping of the Nigerian territory.
Its mission objectives include providing high resolution maps of Nigeria every four months, monthly monitoring of Nigerian crops for food supply security, and supporting the development of the Nigerian national Geographical Information System (GIS) by providing high quality geospatial data.
The NigeriaSat-2 spacecraft utilises one of the most capable platforms in its class, which when combined with its two SSTL-built optical payloads provides highly capable and flexible multi-mode operation for spot imaging, strip imaging, area mode imaging and stereo mode imaging.
High resolution images are provided by SSTL’s Very High Resolution Imager (VHRI). This sophisticated multispectral imaging payload was developed from the highly successful imager onboard Beijing-1. It provides 2.5m ground sample distance (GSD) panchromatic imagery and 5.0m GSD 4-band multi-spectral imagery at 20km swath widths. The satellite’s wide area mapping capability comes from a 32m GSD 4 band Disaster Monitoring Constellation imager that has a very large 300km swath width and can capture up to 400 scenes per day.
The small satellite’s imaging capability is further enhanced by the SSTL-300i satellite platform’s avionics, allowing 45° roll/pitch off-pointing for high resolution spot imaging and also stereo mode imaging. Stereo mode imaging is an exciting new development that makes it possible to build digital terrain maps which include, for example, heights of buildings, hills and mountains - useful in the planning of wireless communications.
NigeriaSat-2 also features dual 105Mbps downlinks, which can also be operated as a 210 Mbps data connection for fast transfer of large images to either the SSTL or Nigerian groundstation. The new satellite can be controlled both directly from Nigeria and also from SSTL’s groundstation to provide rapid imaging, with a typical 3-day turnaround from satellite tasking to GIS-ready images.
The NigeriaSat-2 programme includes ground segment equipment and advanced training, and follows on from the successful NigeriaSat-1 programme to provide data continuity for end users.
NigeriaSat-X will be launched into the Disaster Monitoring Constellation, where it will assist with disaster relief and global environmental monitoring campaigns alongside satellites from other consortium members ASAL (Algeria), BLMIT (China), Deimos Space (Spain), and SSTL (UK).
Follow the launch progress on SSTL’s Space Blog: Space blog - Entries tagged as nigeriasat-2
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A Darter is right. Its not the most advanced in the world but it does fall into the league.Authorities said NigeriaSat-2 can detect anything wider than 8.2 feet (2.5 meters), such as cars. That means the satellites also could be used for military and intelligence purposes. Thats pretty impressive if you ask me for a country whose space programme is less than 10 years old. In 2015 Nigeria is set to independently launch its own satellites, weather this is achievable is up for debates, personally i dont see this happening.
The satellite launch also spotlights Nigeria as a main African player in space technology development, rivaling countries such as South Africa and Algeria, which also have space programs. Despite the strides Nigeria's space technology industry has made in recent years, it remains largely dependent on other nations launch platforms.
NigeriaSat-X was built by a team of Nigerian engineers and scientists at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. in the United Kingdom, while NigeriaSat-2 was built entirely by Nigerian engineers and tecchnicians.
Nigerian officials hope this launch goes better than the country's last. In May 2007, Nigeria launched its first communication satellite, built by a Chinese team and launched from a Chinese pad. NIGCOMSAT-1 was expected to provide phone, broadband Internet and broadcasting services in Africa's most populous country, but it was lost in space just over a year later. Authorities said a replacement satellite will be launched before the end of the year.
I believe South Africa has space launch or can have space launch capabilities anytime soon. Should these happen African countries can use Launch pads in SA at a much cheaper rate. I once told people on here that Nigeria and by and large Africans are smarter than the Chinese. If conditions are right Africans can really be a global player in the tech field, we don't resolve to clandestine covert espionage activities like the Chinese to show the world we can do stuffs.
Africa to the world media is portrayed as hungry, backward and impoverished people with little intelligence, news like this will never make it tot he Western Media.I have posted the overwhelming evidence so there is nothing further to discuss.
Also nobody said it was the most advanced satellite...it is a grammatical error and it is being misconstrued.
The Manufacturers however who are the world's leaders in the field have stated it is the most advanced small satellite ever launched so that really substantiates the posts that I have been making.
I guess you guys learn something new everyday, just take it on the chin.
Moderator change the title to "Nigeria Launches one of the worlds most advanced Satellites into orbit" or "Nigeria Launches the worlds most advanced small Satellite into orbit"Well people on here refuse to acknowledge the fact that something good technologically can come out of a %100 black country. We all agree that Algeria, Egypt, South Africa can make pretty advanced stuffs but not an overwhelmingly black Nigeria... perfect logic.^i noticed that too. Ppl on here have more peace of mind giving those countries credit then nigeria
but is issue is calling it the WORLDS MOST. thats where the thread starter went wrong though Tbite has shown how it was most likely an error, but i still think if it was called One of the worlds most, which it is, there would still be a negative blacklash
either way just post this is the nigeria section, idk why you people waste your time arguing on the oasisLMAO. Yeah, I think it's a bit of a stretch, to say the least, to claim that Nigerian satellites are the world's most advanced (even more than the US' satellites??? Please!).
ohh pleeaaze dont say that... just because Ethopia does not even have research institute much less a space programme does not mean Africa or Nigeria cannot boast of satelites in the league of those of the West.
Nigeria is one of the fewws countries in sub-saharan Africa where modern astronomy is taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The astronomical community has been involved in main stream research activities in modern astronomy and astrophysics. Between 1980 – 2007 Astronomers in Nigeria have made significant progress in the area of theoretical High Energy Astronomy. In observational astronomy, there are astronomers who have been trained in astronomical observations at different observatories including Hartebesthoek Radio Observatory (HartRAO) South Africa, National Astronomical Observatory Japan (NAOJ) among others.
It is important to note that the Nigerian Space policy statement emphasizes that Nigeria wills vigorouly pursue the attainment of space capabilities as an essential tool for its socio-economic development and enhancement of the quality of life for its people. The National Space Research and Development Agency, (NASRDA) was created just a couple of years ago.the Agency responsible for the actualization of this lofty idea hopes to achieve this through research, rigorous education, engineering development, design and manufacture of appropriate hardware and software in space technology and antennas for scientific research and applications. And it is for these reasons that CBSS, an activity centre of the (NASRDA) has embarked on this ambitious project of setting up a 25m Radio Telescope in Nigeria for frontline space research. as well as the bringing to fruition Nigeria's ambition to independently launch payloads into orbit this decade.
The above PDF documents states the steps that Nigeria is taking and needs to take to be able to effectively launch satellites from within Nigeria.
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