FUTA Set To Launch First University Satellite In Space
Amid all the pessimism and general apathy towards the quality of education in Nigeria, The Federal University of Technology, (FUTA)Akure, has announced on Tuesday that it would launch a satellite into space. This feat when accomplished will be the first University satellite in space by a Nigerian institution
The launch would be on Thursday, June 1 2017. The project would be carried out in partnership with other local and international organisations and a few partner nations.
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The university said the collaboration involved Japan, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh, and would be launched into Space from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA.
Read full statement below:
The Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, scientific prowess will get a big fillip on Thursday June 1st at 10.55pm (Nigerian time), when the SpaceX Falcon9 Rocket launches Birds 1 satellites, comprising 5 CubeSats belonging to Japan, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh, into Space from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA.
The Nigerian CubeSat, code name NigeriaEdusat-1, is designed, built and owned by The Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, in collaboration with National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, Abuja, Nigeria, and Kyushu Institute of Technology Japan.
Ibukun Adebolu of FUTA’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is the representative of Nigeria on the project. It is the first ever university satellite to be launched in Nigeria. The CubeSats will be launched and docked to the International Space Station where the satellites will be deployed into lower orbit during the last week of June 2017.
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According to the University, the main objective of NigeriaEdusat-1 is capacity building. It intends to domesticate the satellite technology in FUTA and make the technology a common business among staff and students for the purpose of research, resources and environmental management and sustainable socio-economic development of the nation
The satellite technology development in the long run shall have spillover effects on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education that is an essential tool for a country industrial development.