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Title: China to export first Chinese satellite to Nigeria
Post by: okey on April 15, 2005, 08:52:48 AM
China will sell a communications satellite to Nigeria, the first overseas buyer of a satellite made by China\'s space sector, a spokesperson for China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. said Tuesday.

Describing the sale as a \"milestone\" in the history of the country\'s space industry, the spokesperson said the deal represents a major breakthrough for Chinese satellite manufacturers.

According to the deal signed between the space administration of Nigeria and the China Great Wall Industrial Corporation, the satellite is known as Dongfanghong (The East is red) IV.

The deal was signed on Dec. 15, 2004.

The satellite, which has 28 transponders, will be put into the orbit by a Long March 3 B carrier rocket at the Xichang Space Launch Center in southwest China\'s Sichuan Province.

As part of the deal, China will also launch the satellite atop its Chinese-made Long March carrier rocket, said the spokesperson.

The satellite will be monitored and tracked by a ground station in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, and a ground station in Kashi in northwest Xinjiang Ugyur Autonomous Region.

China Aerospace will also be responsible for training Nigerian technicians.

Since 1985, China has launched more than 20 commercial satellites and sent 30 foreign satellites into space using Long March carrier rockets.

China announced in 1985 its decision to enter the international commercial launch market, and it successfully launched a US made-satellite AsiaSat-1 in 1990.
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Title: China to export first Chinese satellite to Nigeria
Post by: okey on April 15, 2005, 08:55:30 AM
this will be a significant milestone. Nigeria pays billions of $$$ for leasing satellite links
Title: China to export first Chinese satellite to Nigeria
Post by: uapo4 on April 15, 2005, 09:04:54 AM
Quote from: \"okey\"
this will be a significant milestone. Nigeria pays billions of $$$ for leasing satellite links

Nigeria will pay billion of dollars for leasing satellite links? :? I thought they should be receiving money from it.

That also brings me to something else, not to really go off tangent, but it seems to me that Nigeria is better off focusing on making sure the earth  station(s) of the satellite work continuously by providing 100% electricity (NEPA, how are you doing?) :evil:  :twisted:
Title: China to export first Chinese satellite to Nigeria
Post by: okey on April 15, 2005, 04:33:05 PM
i actually meant millions not billions.

I\'ll assume they\'ve made provisions for such a situation.
Title: China to export first Chinese satellite to Nigeria
Post by: kenmartins on April 20, 2005, 05:55:42 PM
Everything about the nigerian so called SAT 1 is kinda funny. why do we have to pay to receive from our own satelite. isn\'t that somethin\'
Title: Another Nigerian satellite underway
Post by: okey on June 23, 2005, 04:51:08 AM
Everest Amaefule, Abuja

As the lifespan of the Nigerian Satellite, popularly known as Sat-1, draws near, plans have been concluded for the construction of a follow-up satellite to be known as NigSat-2.

The target date for the inauguration of the new satellite is 2008 as the Sat-1 is not expected to survive much long after. The new satellite project will bring to three the number of satellite projects undertaken by the country.

The second satellite is also a communications satellite which is expected to be inaugurated by 2006. It is being constructed by a Chinese firm, Great Wall of China Corporation.

While Sat-1 has a resolution of 32 metres, the new satellite will have a resolution of five metres. The new satellite will also be equipped with more spectrum than the first one.

While the Sat-1 is essentially a disaster monitoring and mapping satellite, details of the mission of Sat-2 are yet to be worked out.

Director-General of the National Space Research Development Agency, Prof. Robert Borroffice, who disclosed these in Abuja on Tuesday, explained that NARSDA embarked upon the new satellite project on the directive of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

He spoke at the start of a collaborative effort between NARSDA and the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation to raise the number of Geodetic Ground Controls in the country.

Geodetic Ground Controls are coordinated beacons used in the determination of actual positions of objects on the surface of the earth.

He said, ?The paucity of the controls in the country and their uneven distribution have distorted the images captured by Sat-1 and reduced the use of the images.

?The problem of horizontal and vertical displacement of captured satellite images by NigeriaSat-1 is critical to the surveying and mapping community.

?Satellite imageries which are products of space technology require height information along with other corrections such as radiometric, geographic, band co-registration for it to be useful for topographical mapping of the country and other engineering applications.?

?It is also important to note that the provision of these Geodetic Controls will create an enabling environment for the successful takeoff of the communication to be launched in 2006 and Nigeria Sat-2.?
Title: NigeriaSat-1, first to pick Hurricane Katrina images
Post by: okey on October 11, 2005, 09:58:21 PM
?NigeriaSat-1, first to pick Hurricane Katrina images?

Prof. Robert Boroffice, director general, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), in Abuja has stated that NigeriaSat-l was the first satellite to capture images of Hurricane Katrina.

Boroffice made this known at a ceremony to mark the World Space Week and NigeriaSat-l two years in orbit.

?On September 2, the first DMC image of Gulf Coast of the US where Hurricane Katrina wrecked havoc was captured by NigeriaSat-l and made available to the U.S. Geological Survey,? he said.

He said that the satellite in its two years of existence had contributed remarkable images on desertification, flooding, fire, quelea bird invasion and other forms of disaster to the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) Committee, which Nigeria is a member.

He said that images from the satellite were of high quality and sold internationally as well as used for various projects by experts within and outside the country.

?NigeriaSat-l has proved to be a reliable and readily available source of satellite data needed for sustainable development in Nigeria, Africa and the world as a whole,? he said.

Boroffice said that NigeriaSat-l, a micro-satellite with focus on Earth observation has made more than 2,974 passes over Nigeria, providing useful imagery with the potential of aiding development.

He said that the satellite, which life span was put at five years, was healthy and had the potential of raising Nigeria?s image among the comity of nations.

He said that Nigeria had already commenced preparations to build another Earth observation satellite, NigeriaSat-2 in 2008 when the present satellite was due to expire.

Earlier, Prof. Turner Isoun, minister of science and technology, had said that government was deploying space science and technology in wealth creation, poverty alleviation and the provision of vital data for national development.

Isoun said that the result recorded by NigeriaSat-l was a testimony of government?s commitment to the development and application of space science and technology for the socio-economic benefit of the nation.

Isoun, who was represented at the ceremony by Prof. Olusegun Adewoye, director general, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), said that NigeriaSat-l and the other satellite planned for the country, would positively impact on the nation?s growth and development.

Nigeria is expected to launch a communication satellite (NigcomSat-l) in 2006 and a high resolution Earth observation satellite (NigeriaSat-2) in 2008.

Our correspondent reports that the week was aimed at creating awareness among decision makers and the general public on the importance and peaceful uses of space activities to improve economic and social welfare of humanity.
Title: Nigeria?ll save $6bn after SAT II launch ?Boroface
Post by: okey on December 13, 2005, 06:30:10 AM
Nigeria will save $6billion annually after the launch of the country?s second satellite, which is a space communication satellite known as SAT II, in December 2006.

Apart from this, the country will invest $251million in the project before it can successfully take off as scheduled.

The Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, Prof. Robert Boroface, said this on Saturday in Akure, while featuring on ?Circuit,? a programme of the Ondo State Radiovision Corporation Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.

He said preparations were in advanced stage for the launch of SAT II, which was designed as a space communication satellite in line with the trend in satellite technology in the world.

According to him, the launch of the satellite would enable the country to save the huge amount of money paid to foreign countries with such technology.

He said the Federal Government would pay 20 per cent of the total cost, while the remaining investment would be sourced by the agency.

Already, 56 Nigerian engineers and space scientists are being trained in China ahead of the proposed launch in China.

Speaking on the amount spent by corporate organisations on satellite technology, Boroface said Nigerian banks pay $95million annually for band wave, while the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited pays $600million yearly for trunk calls in Africa.

He added that television stations, Internet Service Providers, Voice of Nigeria and Independent National Electoral Commission also pay huge amount for renting space segment.

The NASRDA boss said the Sat II would be jointly owned by government and the private sector when it becomes operational because of its profitability.

He said, ?From our assessment, we believe in the first seven years, we are going to break even. The satellite has a life span of 15 years. We are going to have seven to eight years of profit making.

?But the Federal Government will have to first provide the initial capital because no Nigerian businessman will want to put his money in satellite now. It is when the satellite is there and it is working that Nigerians will want to invest.

?At that point, we are going to float the shares and sell to Nigerians. If the Federal Government wants to retain some equity, it will be very small because of the security implication of the satellite.?

The PUNCH, Monday, December 12, 2005