6 February 2014

Ghana to Build a Satellite Ground Station Next Month

THE RESOLVE of All Nations University (ANU) to put Ghana among space Science nations in the world is about to be implemented.

It is poised to design and build an Amateur Satellite Ground Station by the end of March 2014, to take the credit of not only being the first university to have successfully designed and built a miniature Satellite called CanSat in the sub-region, but also the first university to build a Satellite Ground Station.

The Ground Station which is currently under construction on the premises of the University at Koforidua in the Eastern region would be used to track Amateur Satellite in orbit, train engineers in Space and Satellite Engineering and for research purposes that will enhance both institutional and industrial activities in the sub-region.

The president of the University, Dr. Samuel H. Donkor has assured Ghanaians of his preparedness to commit resources into the project.

The university would require about $100,000 for the Satellite Ground Station before it progresses to the final stage of designing, building, testing and launching of a first three kilogramme Ghanaian satellite to be named GHANSAT 1, to be put in space for effective earth observation.

Dr. Donkor said ANU will pioneer this project in the Sub Sahara Africa as well as champion innovative projects to make Ghana and Africa proud.

The Intelligent Space Systems Laboratory (ISSL) of All Nations University was successfully launched in Koforidua in February 2012.

With the determination of the ISSL, led by its Director, Mr. Manfred Quarshie to put Ghana in orbit, the ISSL launched a miniature satellite - CanSat in May last year, to afford practical training in space and satellite technology to young engineers following which it has embarked on the third phase of the establishment of a Satellite Ground Station for research purposes for both institutions and industries in the sub-region.

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