Wednesday 14 December 2011


Nigeria’s National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has disclosed that the nation’s  Communication Satellite will on December 19, 2011 be launched from China. The new satellite, to be known as NigComSat-IR is to replace NigcomSat-1, sent into orbit in 2008.

According to the Director-General of NASRDA, Dr. S. Mohammed, “The communication satellite has a minimum life-span of 15 years with payloads of seven antennae and 28 transponders, with additional 12 transponders to address redundancy”. She also revealed that the satellite will operate in four different bands (C, Ku, Ka and L) and has been enhanced to deliver a better service.

Continuing, Dr. Mohammed said, “We plan to double the capacity by providing telecommunication services by commencing the development of two additional communication satellites in the next two years”.

Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Okon Bassey-Ewa, added that it’s important for the country to make strides in science and technology. “There is no better time than now for all of us to come together with the aim of articulating our collective wishes, dreams and aspirations into reality through the instrumentality of science and technology,” he said.

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