Ghana 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 Station.
The satellite was developed by students at All Nations University in Kaforidua with support from the Kyutech Institute of Technology in Japan. GhanaSat1 was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre after two years of hard work and a $50,000 investment into the project.
The GhanaSat now in orbit
The 1000 gram satellite which is dubbed the fist University satellite in sub-Saharan Africa was sent into orbit on the 7th of July 2017 from the International Space Centre. 400 people watched the deployment of the CubeSat which will monitor Ghana’s coastline and to build capacity in space science and technology. He also said it was essential for capacity building in building, even more, satellites in the country.
The two-year project was made possible by collaboration with ANUC and KyuTech Institute of Technology in Japan, began in October 2015 was completed last year December 2016. It was carried out entirely by three young engineers graduate of ANUC who designed, assembled and tested the satellite when they joined the birds project implemented by KyuTech Institute of Technology.
The trio is led by Benjamin Bonsu, a Ph.D. student is an Applied Science for system engineering. Joseph Quansah and Ernest Teye Matey. The project was executed under the supervision of Pro. Menu Cho, the Director of the Laboratory of spacecraft environment interaction engineering (LaSEINE) and other faculty members of KyuTech Institute of Technology.