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President Akufo-Addo congratulates All Nations University for Ghanasat-1 Satellite

Accra July 7 GNA  President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has
congratulated All Nations University Space Laboratory team for putting Ghana into
the Global Space community, describing their feat as ‘inspiring dedication,
enthusiasm and insight for the project.’

A statement issued by Mr Issah Yahaya, the
Chief Director of the Ministry of Communications on behalf of Mrs Ursula
Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister for Communications and copied to the Ghana News
Agency has said.

It said the Ghanasat-1 was released from the International
Space Station (ISS) into orbit via Japan/KIBO Deployment system onboard the ISS
at 0850 hours on Friday, July 7, 2017 and monitored by a team of the
University’s officials and led by Ghana’s Ambassador to Japan, Mr Sylvester
Parker Allotey in the control room of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
at its Tsukuba Space Centre in Japan.

The statement said the launch was also watched
on the JAXA TV channel.

“Ghanasat-1 is of Cube Standard shape with a
dimension of 100mm x 100 mm and was launched by NASA to the International Space
Station via Space X CRS Flight 11 on June 3, 2017 at the Kennedy Space Centre,
Florida, USA and then released into orbit using Japan KIBO onboard the ISS.

“In his broadcast message, relayed to the
Space Station by Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister for Communications, the
President, on behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, expressed gratitude
to Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Birds Project Management Team for
their support in Ghana’s quest to becoming a space faring nation”.

He noted that the benefits for humankind
played a major role in the socio-economic development of every country and
today, Ghana is proud of the young Ghanaian engineers namely: Benjamin Bonsu
(Project Manager), Ernest Matey and Joseph Quansah for this feat.

The statement said the Ghanasat-1 has Orbital
inclination of 51.61 degrees, Orbital speed of 7.67 km/s and orbital period of
92 minutes and will spend 14 months after deployment at an altitude of 420
kilometres.

It said the Space Science Technology
Laboratory of All Nations University, Koforidua in the Eastern Region
(ANU-SSTL), formerly known as Intelligent Space Systems Laboratory (ISSL), was
established in February 2012 following a sensitisation workshop held by the University.

The statement said the workshop was organised
as part of ANU’s celebration of a decade of innovation, excellence and quality
higher education, and was the first of its kind in Ghana. It attracted
University scholars, researchers, government workers, among many others.

“Its members are made of the university
students and faculty members who are dedicated to championing and establishing
Space Science research and study in Ghana and Africa”, the statement said .

GNA

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