Nigeria to construct satellite by 2018

by Staff Reporter | January 6th, 2013

Dr Spencer Onuh,The Director, Centre for Satellite Technology Development (CSTD),

The Director, Centre for Satellite Technology Development (CSTD), Dr Spencer Onuh, has said the centre will train Nigerian engineers to design, test and fabricate a satellite. Onuh, who disclosed this in an interview in Abuja, as reported by The Tide Online, said the centre would work towards building the human capacity that would enable the country to meet the target by 2018.

He said the centre had trained over 50 Nigerian scientists, who were involved in the design, testing and launch of NigcomSat-1 and its replacement

The mandate of CSTD, which is under the National Space Research and Development Agency (NARSDA), is to achieve indigenous satellite technology competence to design, test and fabricate a satellite by 2018. “Capacity building was a core module in the manufacture and launch of NigeriaSat-1, NigeriaSat-2, NigeriaSat-X and NigComSat-1-R, owned by the country,” Onuh said.

He said the centre had trained over 50 Nigerian scientists, who were involved in the design, testing and launch of NigcomSat-1 and its replacement.

“Fifteen other scientists from NigeriaSat-1 and 27 engineers from NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X were trained by the centre, while a number of our engineers and scientists have been trained up to PhD level both within and outside the country” Onuh said.

“As at toady, we have trained over 52 engineers and scientists overseas up to masters’ degree level, while three CSTD staff are currently doing their PhD, and five others, their masters, within the country,” he emphasised that there were other scientists undergoing part-time master’s and PhD programmes, adding that the main focus of the centre was to build capacity in order to be able to achieve the mandate given to it.

“The only concern we have is the non-completion of the Satellite Assembly Integration and Test Centre (AIT/DC), which will enable us to domesticate the chains in satellite technology,” he said.

 

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