An African nation has officially joined the recent Space Race. Ghana’s first satellite was launched to the International Space Station and set into orbit from there. A host of other African nations also now occupy space programs.
The recent age of the revitalized Space Race has finally reached Africa. With a exiguous relieve from SpaceX, Ghana has launched their first satellite. The small cubesat, GhanaSat1, was built by a team of engineers at totality Nations University and was launched by SpaceX to the International Space Station (ISS) back in June. From there, the satellite was set into orbit in July and has recently become operational.
“This specific satellite has two missions,” project manager Richard Damoah told TechCrunch. “It has cameras on board for detailed monitoring of the coastlines of Ghana. Then there’s an educational piece―we want to spend it to integrate satellite technology into high school curriculum.”
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This achievement is proof of the democratizing power of private enterprise like SpaceX. Being section of these launches opens countries with limited means up to entire recent worlds of science. According to Elsie Kanza, Head of Africa at the World Economic Forum, “Several nations, such as South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia occupy space agencies. Angola announced its intention to launch a satellite over the coming year.”
As humanity saw from the first Space Race, competition fuels better science. With more nations joining the fold of space exploration, the field widens to recent, untold opportunity.