The National Space Agency, NASRDA, says its collaboration with five
countries has resulted in the successful completion of a global
project for the design and manufacture of five identical
NASRDA,, Head, Media and Corporate Communication, NASRDA made this
known in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
Nano-satellites or Nano-sats are miniaturised satellites of low mass
and size for gathering scientific data and to provide more
comprehensive space coverage at much lower cost.
Mr. Ale said that the satellites were being proposed for launch into
the orbit in May for various applications.
He said the multinational satellite project known as “Bird Project”
was introduced in 2015 by the Japanese government and implemented
through the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan for developing
He said that the project was designed to enhance space-related
capacity building and human resource development.
“A total number of 15 engineers and scientists from Nigeria, Japan,
Mongolia, Bangladesh, Ghana and Thailand are selected through a
competitive global process for the project,’’ he said.
Mr. Ale said that NASRDA in collaboration with the Federal University
of Technology, Akure participated in the design and manufacture of the
satellites billed to operate through seven ground stations across the
“The Nano-satellites will be launched into orbit aboard space X Rocket.
“It will be released from the International Space Station with an
orbital parameter of altitude of 460km and inclination of 15.6,” Mr.
He said that the satellites were expected to attain six missions after
its successful launch, adding that three of the missions would be
planned on board.
He also revealed that the other three missions would be accomplished
in the ground stations of the participating countries.
According to Mr. Ale, the other three onboard missions will consist of
the taking photographs of homeland of participating countries using
the onboard cameras of 0.3mp and 5mp.
Other onboard missions include the Dig-singer mission that entails
exchange of song from the Nano Satellites to Ham radio receivers (UHF
band) and measurement of single-event –latch up in orbit, according to
He said that the project would aid the successful and regular download
of images from the five satellites, while the project was also a model
for achieving satellites projects with low cost and size.
He said that the project was an innovation and excellent research
model for NASRDA, adding that the its completion would further assist
the agency to strengthen its collaboration on research with Nigerian
Mr. Ale said that three Nigerians had also benefited from capacity
development from the project by receiving doctorate degrees (Ph.Ds.)
in Space Science and Technology.
He said that the space project had ultimately resulted in the cheap,
fast and duplication of satellite business and operation. ELANZANEWS.M