The Nigerian-built satellite, NigeriaSat-X's first satellite image, taken just three days after the successful launch on 17th August, 2011, revealing buildings and the landscape surrounding the city of Auckland, New Zealand. SSTL
The Nigerian Space Conundrum On 20 Years of Space Exploration in Nigeria
20 years have passed since Nigeria opened its first space-related institution. Today, Nigerian space institutions strive to meet the objectives set out in a 28-year roadmap amid widespread scepticism and constrained funding.
A cluster of satellite dishes sits in Misau Street, Garki at the heart of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. This ‘bank of satellites’, according to Tade Ipadeola, forms a part of Nigeria’s Earth station, which connects the five Nigerian satellites currently orbiting the Earth in outer space. Indeed, countries, as Ipadeola notes, do not typically locate such structures in a central business district, choosing instead to establish them in city outskirts. But these countries are not Nigeria. The choice of Abuja is quite obvious. Nigerians are loud, proud, show-offs, even with our under-developed utopian structures, which is what the National Space Research Development Agency is: a dilapidating utopian project.
The National Space Research Development Agency, NA
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