Two new satellites, NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X would launch into the orbit before end of June 2011, several media sites have reported.

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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2 Responses to Nigeria Set To Launch Two New Satellites

  1. Darmie says:

    great, what about telecommunication?

  2. Great write-up! However, I should point out one error here. The satellite that was de-orbited 18 months after launch like you said was not NigeriaSat-1. It was NigComSat-1, our communications satellite. NigeriaSat-1 was our first satellite launched in September, 2003 and has since remained functional even till date. NigComSat-1 was our second satellite that was de-orbited or went “missing” as foolishly reported by our illiterate journalists. If our reporters had dug well enough, they would have found that, on average, 11 satellites go “missing” in orbit every year for variour reasons. What happened to our NigComSat-1 was entirely “normal” so to say. The commonest cause of this de-orbiting is a loss of communication with the satellite i.e when the satellite can no longer be reached. It’s like dialing a friend’s number and you hear that he’s “not available”. The usual cause is a failure in the power sub-system on board the satellite. And for those of us who continue to think nothing is being done about this lost satellite, they should know that the satellite had an insurance cover. So, the developers of the satellite have since begun rebuilding a replacement for it.
    Thank you.

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