The Republic of Ghana is mostly known worldwide for being rich in gold and chocolate and for the introduction of a culinary delicacy known as chichinga. However, the country will go down in history as the first to officially propel Africa to the level of powerful nations with vast experience in the space industry. That’s because the country has just successfully launched the first orbiting satellite called GhanaSat-1.
Ghana’s First Orbiting Satellite Was Created for Two Missions
A team of engineers at the All Nations University is behind a recent cubesat which is a satellite in miniature created with the purpose to study the outer space. The asset reached NASA’s International Space Station in June. The little cube had to travel towards the orbit on a SpaceX rocket from pad 39a at Kennedy Space Center.
As a consequence, GhanaSat-1 started floating into the orbit in July, and its functions are fully operational. The manager of this project is Richard Damoah, a Ghanaian professor and assistant research scientist at NASA. He confirmed the success of the mission.
Ghana has big plans for its first orbiting satellite. The device has two missions at the same time. First of all, it is going to gather data from space on the coastlines of Ghana. There are cameras incorporated in the cubesat to monitor the region from above.
Secondly, the activity of the satellite will feature in the high school curriculum. Therefore, students in Ghana will be able to get familiar with this space technology from an early age. The satellite is equipped to send information to Space Systems and Technology Laboratory that belongs to All Nations University. This is also the place where Ernest Teye Matey, Joseph Quansah, and Benjamin Bonsu created the cubesat in the first place.
However, it was Japan’s space agency, JAXA, and not the Ghanaian government that supported this project with the necessary resources. Thanks to this nation, Africa gained more influence in the space industry.
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