Ghana’s First Satellite Will Reportedly Help Fight Illegal Mining

Ghana has successfully launched its first satellite into space.

GhanaSat-1, which was developed by students at All Nations University in Koforidua, was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre.

The first signal was received shortly after the satellite was launched.

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It is the culmination of a two-year project, costing about GHS 219,500.

The project received support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The satellite will be used to monitor Ghana’s coastline for mapping purposes, and to build capacity in space science and technology.

Project coordinator Dr Richard Damoah said it marked a new beginning for Ghana.

“It has opened the door for us to do a lot of activities from space,” he told the BBC.

He said it would “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.”

This is a very good time to study space exploration in Ghana huh!

 

Source: BBC

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