6 facts behind the launching of Ghana's first satellite into space

6 facts behind the launching of Ghana's first satellite into space

Ghana is on hot on the heels of other space-exploring nations such as South Africa and Ethiopia.

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News broke that some Ghanaian students from All Nations University had deployed the country's very first satellite into orbit last Friday.

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Here are some facts about the satellite;

1. It was named ‘Ghanasat-1’ and weighs just 1,000 grammes

6 facts behind the launching of Ghana's first satellite into space

6 facts behind the launching of Ghana's first satellite into space

2. It was released from the International Space Station (ISS) by Space X Flight 11 from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA.

3. The GhanaSat-1 is intended to capture picturesque images of the country from two on-board cameras and broadcast songs, including the National Anthem, from space to the All Nations University Ground Station and amateur ground stations.

6 facts behind the launching of Ghana's first satellite into space

6 facts behind the launching of Ghana's first satellite into space

4. The team members of the Ghanasat are Joseph Quansah, Benjamin Bonsu and Ernest Matey executed the project under the supervision of Professor Mengu Cho, Director of Laboratory of Spacecraft Environment Interaction Engineering (LaSEINE) and other faculty members of Kyutech.

6 facts behind the launching of Ghana's first satellite into space

6 facts behind the launching of Ghana's first satellite into space

5. The two-year project was made possible through a collaboration between the ANUC and the Kyutech Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan. It begun in October 2015 and completed in December 2016.

6 facts behind the launching of Ghana's first satellite into space

6 facts behind the launching of Ghana's first satellite into space

6. The GhanaSat-1 was released at exactly 8:50 a.m. last Friday by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) at an orbit of 420km.

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