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Satellite Development Centre Ready for Space Week Confab

June 1, 2014

Abuja - The Centre for Satellite Technology Development (CSTD) said on Saturday that it was ready to hold its 2014 Annual CSTD Space Week Conference from June 3 to June 5.

The CSTD Director, Dr Spencer Onuh, said in Abuja that the theme of the conference was "Sustainable Socio-Economic Benefits of Space Technology".

CSTD is an activity centre under the National Space Research Development Agency (NASRDA).

Its mandate is to build indigenous satellite and capacity development.

Onuh said that the focus of the conference would be on innovative small satellite programmes for developing nations.

According to him, the event aims at providing a forum for creating awareness about the socio-economic benefits of space technology, its products, services, developments and contributions to daily life.

"It also aims to serve as an interface to encourage and facilitate collaboration and partnership between the space sector and relevant private/public sectors as well as professionals," he said.

Onuh said the conference had the sub-themes, "Space Science and Application; Capacity Building and Space Enterprise, Space Systems and Aerospace Materials and Component Miniaturisation".

He said that the sub-theme, Space Science and Application would dwell on military, security and monitoring operations, energy and environment, Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) among others.

He said Space System would dwell on earth observation satellites, communication satellites, navigation satellite, software, ground segment design and management as well as mission analysis, planning and design.

Onuh said that Capacity Building and Space Enterprise sub-themes would treat space education and sustainable development and frontline research as critical components of space capacity development.

He added that the focus of Aerospace Materials and Component Miniaturisation would be the testing, verification, evaluation and validating new technologies in simulated orbital environment and emerging technologies in semi-conductor devices. (NAN)

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Source: AllAfrica

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