Ghana Launches its First Satellite into Space after Two-year Development
Ghana sent its first self-developed satellite into space on July 7. This is Ghana's first satellite launch endeavor since the declaration of its independence in 1957, making it the first sub-Saharan country that ever sent satellite into space.
GhanaSat-1 was developed by students at All Nations University in the Southern City Koforidua. This two-year project cost $500,000 (RMB 3,400,000). GhanaSat-1 was sent to the International Space Station by SpaceX on June 10th and then, from there, placed into an orbit about 410 kilometers away from Earth.
GhanaSat-1, with a weight about 1 kg, is equipped with high and low resolution cameras and capable of playing Ghana's national anthem and other songs commemorating its independence in the space.
GhanaSat-1 project received support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Around 400 teachers and students of the All Nations University watched the live broadcast of the launch. The first signal was received shortly afterwards.
GhanaSat-1 will be used for the mapping of Ghana's coastline and space scientific research. The project coordinator Richard Damoah said the GhanaSat-1's entry into orbit marked a new chapter in Ghana and opened the door for Ghana's space research. It would also facilitate the applications of satellite technology in Ghana, such as in monitoring illegal mining through satellite.