The All Nations University College (ANUC), the institution that put Ghana on the world map following the successful launch of Ghana’s first satellite dubbed GhanaSat-1 into the orbit in July this year, has trained hundreds of young girls in Space Technology as part of the 2017 World Space Week ,celebrated worldwide annually from October 4 to 10.
The theme for the empowerment programme organised by the Space Systems Technology Laboratory (SSTL) of the University was ‘Empowering Young Women in Engineering and Technology’.
The pupils, drawn from 17 basic schools in the New Juaben Municipality, were taken through basic theory of Satellite Technology, the contribution and ability of Women in Engineering, Basics of Engineering and its importance to national development and job opportunities. The participants were offered the opportunity to engage in handcrafts and drawings out of the knowledge acquired.
A member of the technical team of ANUC who built the historic GhanSat-1 Satellite, Mr Joseph Neenyi Kojo Quansah told the DAILY HERITAGE that the University wants to revolutionize Space Technology in Ghana to whip up the interest of the youth and political actors.
He said “Satellite Technology is critical to the development of Ghana, hence the University is working with the Government and other relevant bodies to build the human capacity and get develop laws and infrastructure for the realisation of the vision”.
“Satellite Technology is beneficial in so many ways, as a developing country we need to build the human capacity. If we are able to build the human capacity we will move on to exploring the benefits of Telecommunications, Satellite for Earth Observation, Satellite for Telemedicine and so many other applications. So if we have the engineers on ground you would be comfortable to do whatever you want to do.”
He added that “Now we don’t have fully furnished Space Agency and that is what we looking at, we also need space laws backing these activities in Ghana.”
On July 7, 2017, the University put Ghana on the world map by launching GhanaSat-1 through the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency at altitude of 400 kilometers above the Earth’s atmosphere aboard the Japan Kibo Deployment System.
The satellite is expected to undertake earth imaging of Ghana and broadcast the national Anthem from space to the Amateur Ground Station at the campus of the University.
Mr Quansah told the Daily Heritage that the satellite is in its operation stage and will soon begin its mission. ”For the satellite mission we have three stages: development, launch and operation; among these three we have successfully completed the development and the launch, leaving us with what we are currently working on – the operation. For the operation we have series of missions on it, some including taking pictures of the Earth, broadcasting songs, and other procedures critical to the success of the project.”