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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

FUTA aims at Space ...set to launch her Satellite.


The Federal University of Technology - Akure's achievements in Science and Technology will get a boost in about 24 hours (Thursday, June 1 2017), when the SpaceX Falcon9 rocket launches Birds 1 satellites, comprising five CubeSats belonging to Japan, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh, into space from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA.

The Nigerian CubeSat, NigeriaEdusat-1, was designed, built and owned by FUTA in collaboration with National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, Abuja, and Kyushu Institute of Technology Japan.

“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 objective of NigeriaEdusat-1 is domesticating the satellite technology in FUTA for Research, Resources and Environmental Management, and sustainable socio-economic development. It will have spillover effects on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

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