MPs celebrate launch of Ghana satellite
Members of Parliament have lauded the historic launch of Ghana’s first satellite to space.
Ghana’s first satellite, Ghansat-1, was on Friday, July 7 released into orbit after its successful launch in June.
Ghanasat-1 was launched into International Space Station (ISS) by SpaceX, Flight 11 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida-USA on June 10, 2017.
The satellite was released and deployed into the orbit at an altitude of 420km on July 7, 2017 at 12:00 GMT.
The process was watched live at JAXA Tsukuba Space Center in Japan and the All Nations University campus at Koforidua, Eastern Ghana.
The successful launch of the satellite now makes Ghana the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to launch an academic satellite into space.
The satellite, built by students of All Nations University College in Koforidua has low and high resolution cameras onboard capable of taking pictures of Ghana and providing data on happenings on Ghana’s coastal areas and the environment.
On the floor of the house on Wednesday, July 12, MPs, in lauding the feat, called for an investment of science and technology in the country.