Nigerians woke up on
That satellite cost the country, about N40 billion and that is not child's play.
However, the then Managing Director of Nigerian Communications Satellite, NIGCOMSAT limited,
As a matter of fact, Rufai said that either technical faults or natural causes could de-orbit a functional satellite and have it packed in a place called 'graveyard in the space.'
But he nearly drew the ire of the people when he demanded the
However, it now seems that what Rufai advocated then is still what is going to happen if
This is following a warning from another satellite expert and Director of
Rabiu did not stop at that. He also revealed that even the satellite we have now can neither trace Boko Haram nor solve the insurgency in
Interestingly, Rabiu disclosed this at
Our satellite can't see Boko Haram
According to him, "the earth observation satellite
"Besides, when the satellite passes through a point, it takes another four days before it passes that point again. But if we have three, four, five satellites moving in constellation, you can have the areas covered for twenty-four hours straught and movement can then be spotted and monitored," he said.
He however, called for development of home grown small satellites across the country, which he said could support government to solve the varying insurgency challenges facing the country.
The Indian example or another satellite may go
The Don however, warned that
"NigComSat1 may not be the only Satellite Nigeria will lose because space environment is a very dynamic place. With the interruption of space-based facilities, poor performance of satellite, interruption of space satellite drag, satellite loss, instability in space environment, navigation errors, failed signals, any satellite could get lost," he said. For him, the country has to get it right from the beginning as the instability and inconsistency in space environment could be disastrous.
Prof. Rabiu said space technology has justified its relevance in driving major developmental strides in the area of agriculture, weather monitoring, air navigation, land survey, supply of satellite imagery, good governance, promoting quality of living, control of immigration, tourism, public safety and mobile technology among others, adding that space technology has a lot of benefits if
Plugging capital flight in satellite sector
He stressed the need for domestication of satellite technology with small satellite development in
According to him, the only way
He assured that the space agency would continue to be part of national development.
Earlier in his speech, the Director and Chief Executive for
Dr. Onuh who lamented the low awareness of space technology sector in
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