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07 July 2017

Ghana launches its first satellite into space

Ghana’s first satellite dubbed Ghansat-1 built by Students of All Nations University, Koforidua, successfully launched into International Space Station (ISS) by SpaceX , Flight 11 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida-USA in June 10,2017 has been released and deployed into the orbit at an altitude of 420km on July 7,2017 Friday.

The process was  watched live at JAXA Tsukuba Space Center in Japan and All Nations University Campus in Koforidua, Ghana.

The satellite has low and high resolution cameras onboard. It also has digi-singer SNG mission which can be used to broadcast the National Anthem and other patriotic Songs of Ghana from space during national events and receives songs from space center of the University.

The satellite which evolved the world passed over Ghana at Friday noon which sent its first Continues wave signal (CW) to the amateur space station at the All Nations University College Campus. The second Signal which is expected to be stronger than the maiden signal will be received at around 6pm today.

The satellite is billed to commence official mission operation on July 11,2017.

An Associate Research Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center(GSFC), Dr.Richard Damoah has called on government of Ghana to prioritize Satellite Technology due to its potential benefits in fixing environmental challenges facing the country.

He said the All Nations University has taken a giant step which the country must be interested to venture into space technology .

Speaking to kasapa News in Koforidua during the observation of Ghana’s first Satellite released into the orbit on Friday,Dr.Damoah said space technology can facilitate the fight against galamsey by providing accurate information on the menace nationwide.

According to Ernest Teye Matey -A member of the team of Engineers that built the satellite said the successful Launch of the satellite into orbit has put Ghana on the International Map as the first country in Sub-Saharan African to launch academic Satellite into space paving way for the country to explore the full benefit of Satellite technology.

He said the satellite will be used to monitor and capture information on illegal mining, water pollution, oil spillage at the jubilee field and other environmental related challenges and give to the appropriate institutions concerned, adding that it will form the basis to ensure space science revolution in the academic set up of the country.

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