Ghana Welcomes Africa into the Space Race

The GhanaSat-1―Ghana’s first satellite―began its orbit, with a little assistance from a few companions.

The cubesat, worked by a Ghanaian designing group at All Nations University, was conveyed to NASA’s International Space Station in June on a SpaceX rocket that took off from 39a at Kennedy Space Center, a NASA representative affirmed.

The GhanaSat-1 conveyed into space from the Center in July, and is presently operational, as per supervisor Richard Damoah, a Ghanaian professor and assistant research scientist at NASA.

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

GhanaSat-1 will send a signal to a ground station at All Nations University’s Space Systems and Technology Laboratory. That is the place it was produced by a group of that included Benjamin Bonsu, Ernest Teye Matey, and Joseph Quansah.

While Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo commended the launch and praised the group straightforwardly, the venture did not get official Ghanaian government support, as indicated by Damoah. Rather, Japan’s national space organization, JAXA, gave the greater part of the assets and preparing to build up the satellite.

Damoah trusts the GhanaSat-1 arrangement could incite Ghanaian government toward a next satellite venture composed by All Nations University and the nation’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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