GhanaSat-1 Releases into Orbit

Ghana’s desire to become a space-faring nation became a reality last Friday when it successfully deployed its first satellite into orbit. Christened ‘Ghanasat-1’, the satellite, which weighs 1,000 grammes, was released from the International Space Station (ISS) at exactly 8:50 a.m. last Friday by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) at an altitude of 400 kilometres above the earth’s atmosphere aboard the Japan Kibo Deployment System. Ghanasat -1 will undertake earth imaging of Ghana via two on-board cameras and broadcast songs, including the National Anthem, from space to the All Nations University Ground Station and amateur ground stations. The satellite was developed by three former students of the All Nations University College (ANUC) in Koforidua who were part of the Birds Project undertaken by the Graduate School of Engineering of the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan (Kyutech). The students are Mr Benjamin Bonsu, Mr Joseph Quansah and Mr Ernest Teye Matey. The Birds Project is a cross-border interdisciplinary satellite project for non-space-faring countries, supported by Japan. The participating countries are Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh.”

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