The Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, will today launch a CubeSat, with the code name ‘NigeriaEdusat-1’ into space from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, United States.
The Cubesat, is a component of the Birds 1 satellites, comprising of four other CubeSats belonging to Japan, Ghana, Mongolia and Bangladesh. They will be launched from the SpaceX Falcon9 Rocket.
Adegbenro Adebanjo, Head of Media and Protocol Unit, FUTA, said the university hopes to make satellite technology popular among staffs and students for the purpose of research, environmental management and sustainable socio-economic development of the nation.
He said “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.
“The satellite technology development in the long run shall have spillover effects on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education that is an essential tool for a country industrial development.’’
Ibukun Adebolu of FUTA’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is the Nigerian representative on the project.
- Bola Kougbe