Documenting the journey of a Cameroonian filmmaker
The NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X spacecraft were lofted into orbit aboard a Russian Dnepr rocket from a launch pad in the town of Yasny, southern Russia.
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan praised the successful launch and called the event “another milestone in our nation’s effort to solve national problems through space technology”.
The imaging satellites could have a variety of applications, including the monitoring of disaster-prone areas.
26 Nigerian engineers worked alongside SSTL engineers in Guildford to assemble the 100kg NigeriaSat-X satellite. Dr S O Mohammed, the head of NASRDA, commented: “NigeriaSat-2 will significantly boost African capabilities for remote sensing applications, specifically for natural resource management.
I have so much respect for Nigerians. Irrespective of all the negativity that is thrown their way as a result of the actions of a few, the country is moving forward. I visited Lagos in March and I must commend Nigerians for their patriotism. Cameroonians need to wake up and come together as one for our nation’s future.
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