Ghana’s first satellite, dubbed GhanaSat-1, was released and deployed into orbit at an altitude of 420 km. This followed the successful launch on June 10 into the International Space Station (ISS) by SpaceX, Flight 11 from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, the United States. The satellite was built by students of All Nations University.
The process was watched live at All Nations University campus in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital, some 85 km east of the capital. Project coordinator Dr Richard Damoah said it marked a new beginning for the country. “It has opened the door for us to do a lot of activities from space. It will also help us train the upcoming generation on how to apply satellites in different activities around our region. For instance, [monitoring] illegal mining is one of the things we are looking to accomplish,” he told the BBC. The satellite has cameras onboard capable of taking pictures of Ghana and providing data on happenings on Ghana’s coastal areas and the environment. The launch marked the end of a 2-year project which received support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The project cost $50,000.