- The first phase of the project is ready to be launched
- The project is to enhance the delivery of government agencies
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is set to launch Ghana’s first satellite dish to enable scientists around the world view and study the world from within at Kuntunse, near Accra.
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The first phase of the project is the conversion of a telecom dish into satellite dish, making Ghana the second African country to own satellite dish after South Africa.
Speaking at the a press briefing in Accra, Professor Dickson Adomako, a Director at Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), explained that the second phase of the 32-meter antenna would involve more engineering work to help increase the sensitivity and speed of the dish from 0.09 degrees per second to 0.3 degree per seconds.
Prof. Adomako told journalists that the first phase of the project which is due for launching involved structural work of the antenna, electrical works and the total configuration of the antenna which used to be a redundant telecommunication dish belonging to Vodafone Ghana.
The Director revealed that, young Ghanaian scientists have been trained in South Africa and the United Kingdom as astronomists and astrophysics to managed and maintained the effectiveness of the dish on site.
He also hinted that the project will be useful in gathering data and information for various government institutions to help with effective planning.
Prof. Adomako added, the facility would be opened to other scantiest across the sub-region for academic and research purposes into the northern and southern hemisphere in Ghana.
The project was sponsored by the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission in collaboration with Square Kilometer Array Africa (SKA Africa), based in South Africa.
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