College students from All Nations University developed Ghana’s first satellite, GhanaSat-1, and launched it into orbit from the International Space Centre.
More than 400 people showed up to cheer with the engineers in Koforidua, Ghana as they watched live pictures of the launch. The first signal was also successfully received right after the big launch.
Overall, the mission to get the satellite into space was a two-year project that cost a total of $50,000. With official approval from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the satellite was ready to be launched. Now that it’s in space, the satellite will be used to monitor Ghana’s coastline for mapping reasons and to form a capacity in space science and technology.
The project coordinator of the mission, Dr. Richard Damoah informed BBC NEWS that this event has marked a new beginning for Ghana.
“It has opened the door for us to do a lot of activities from space,” Dr. Richard Damoah said. “It will also help us train the upcoming generation on how to apply satellites in different activities around our region. For instance, [monitoring] illegal mining is one of the things we are looking to accomplish.”