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Ghana launches its first space satellite

A team from All Nations University has successfully launched Ghana’s first satellite into space on Friday,July 7,2017.

Ghana’s president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has hailed the team for the technological feat pioneered by the private university,located in its eastern region.

Ghana's Space Satellite development team
Ghana’s Space Satellite development team

“Congratulations to the team from All Nations University, Koforidua, for the successful launch of Ghana’s first satellite, GhanaSat-1, into orbit”, President Nana Addo posted on Twitter.

The satellite, GhanaSat-1, was shot into space from the International Space Station, whiles the team back in Ghana watched from the university’s auditorium.

Here are some specifications of the satellite

1. It has low and high resolution cameras on board and is expected to orbit 400km (248 miles) above the earth.

2. It will be used to monitor Ghana’s coastline for mapping purposes and to collect data in that respect.

3. The launch was made possible with Japanese collaboration. It was a 2-year project that cost $50,000 in collaboration with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

4. It has a weight of 1kg and was one of five micro-satellites launched.

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