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May 31, 2017 at 8:36 pm #359
On Tuesday, the Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure, Ondo State, announced that it would launch a satellite into space tomorrow, the 1st of June, 2017.
This is in partnership with The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) and five other countries, having completed the global project for the design and manufacture of the five identical nano-satellites to be launched into space tomorrow.
According to the university, the satellite belongs to Nigeria, Ghana, Japan, Bangladesh and Mongolia. The satellite known as the Birds Project would be launched into Space from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, USA at 10:55pm (Nigerian Time). The Birds Project comprises 5 CubeSats belonging to the 5 countries.
Report has it that the CubeSats will be launched and docked to the International Space Station where the satellites will be deployed into lower orbit during the last week of June 2017.
It is the first university satellite to be launched in Nigeria.
The Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, scientific prowess will get a big fillip on Thursday June 1st at 10.55pm (Nigerian time), when the SpaceX Falcon9 Rocket launches Birds 1 satellites, comprising 5 CubeSats belonging to Japan, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh, into Space from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA.
The Nigerian CubeSat, code name NigeriaEdusat-1, is designed, built and owned by The Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, in collaboration with National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, Abuja, Nigeria, and Kyushu Institute of Technology Japan.
Ibukun Adebolu of FUTA’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is the representative of Nigeria on the project. It is the first ever university satellite to be launched in Nigeria. The CubeSats will be launched and docked to the International Space Station where the satellites will be deployed into lower orbit during the last week of June 2017.
The CubeSats launch can be viewed live via the link
http://www.spacex.com/missions and live on this page just below this write up.
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