The NigeriaSat-2 is expected to be used to provide high resolution imagery for mapping, food security and other purposes within the Nigerian territory, while the NigeriaSat-X is an experimental satellite solely designed to provide Nigerian engineers with training and experience in using the facilities of National Space Research and Development’s technical partners in the United Kingdom.
According to NASRDA’s Head of Media and Corporate Affairs, Felix Ale, the two satellites would be a follow up of the success of the NigeriaSat-1 which was launched in 2003, although de-orbited 18 months after launch due to power related problems.
Speaking on the success of the Sat-1, Ale said that the satellite had supported over 2000 applications for research within and outside Nigeria pointing out that it had also assisted in the area of flood disaster in Argentina, Uruguay, North Korea, Pakistan, China, Vietnam, United States and some parts of Africa.
He further stated that the NigeriaSat-2 would provide a high resolution system to map Nigeria once every four months and will support the NGDI programme by providing high quality data and enhance human natural resources in the use of satellite data.
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