Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Nigeria: launching first satellite this week

Nigeria's first satellite will be launched from Siberia on September 26th. According to Nigeria's Daily Trust "... the satellite was built by 15 Nigerian engineers with the technical input of the University of Surrey (Surrey Satellite Technology)."

The satellite cost $13 million and will be used for disaster monitoring.

According to The Economist
[Nigerian] Space agency officials admit that they could buy data from existing satellite operators for less. They hope to recoup money by selling images to corporations or other African countries, but sceptics scent a loss-making prestige project, of which Nigeria has endured several in the past.