The agency, which celebrated the third year anniversary of the launch of two earth observation satellites, NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X, also announced that the nation was working seriously to acquire a Synthetic Aperture Radar Satellite (SAR) to consolidate on the nation's inroad into the space world.
Director General of NARSDA, Prof.
The proposal to procure the satellite, officials said, is to be presented to the
Accordingly to information sourced from the organisation's website, "Beginning with the launch of SEASAT in 1978, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites have provided a wealth of information on such diverse ocean phenomena as surface waves, internal waves, currents, upwelling, shoals, sea ice, wind, and rainfall. The influence of man in the form of offshore facilities, ship transits, and other ocean-related events and artifacts is also observed from space using fine resolution SAR. Although aircraft-based imaging radar had been around since the 1960s, it was unable to provide the wide area global perspective and temporal coverage necessary to observe many ocean processes.
"Indeed, SAR is the premier sensor for the detection of such phenomena because it is sensitive to small surface roughness changes on the order of the radar wavelength (1m down to several centimeters). It is also independent of solar illumination and is generally unaffected by cloud cover. In addition, SAR has the advantage of providing control over such factors as power, frequency, phase, polarization, incident angle, spatial resolution and swath width, all of which are important when designing and operating a system for the extraction of quantitative information.
"SEASAT, launched in
Head of Corporate Communications at NARSDA,
Seidu said: "We are today celebrating the third anniversary of the launching of NigerSat-X, the most complicated and the most advanced engineering project ever done by Nigerian engineers and scientists.
"It is something that we are very proud of, and we believe that the ability to create wealth today and all the time depends on the efforts we make here, and being home to over 400 engineers and scientists, we remain a major constituency in
"In the last three years, through the two satellites, we have done major interventions. First, we made available images to over 18 universities, covering the entire country. That has supported several universities in their research endeavors. We have also been part of the international campaigns in various countries.
"Our satellite was part of the efforts to recover the missing Malaysian plane. Our satellite was also part of the mapping in the Amazonia basin, and part of the campaign over the desert in
On how the satellite can assist in identifying the location of the Chibok girls, he said: "I have said it before, and we are still saying it, issues of security are important to us. We are patriotic enough. For most of you who are conversant with activities at our agency, we have a 25-year strategic road map for the development of space science and development. One communication satellite and two earth observation satellites have so far being launched in line with that plan.
"We want to make sure that the Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite, which we are discussing, is realized between now and 2015."
An expert in the industry, Prof.
He stressed: "The retail element of the Nigerian satellites has not necessarily being infused into our economy. I know that NARSDA is working very hard to make sure that Nigerians begin to utilize the investments of the Federal Government to do this. It is work in progress. This is not a finished product. It is something that they will continue to work on.
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