Ghana Launches First Satellite, 60 Years After Independence


(Xinhua/NAN) Ghana has launched its first satellite, dubbed Ghansat-1 and deployed into orbit at an altitude of 420 km, 60 years after independence, local media reported on Friday.

“This followed the successful launch on June 10 into the International Space Station (ISS) by SpaceX, Flight 11 from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, the United States,’’ local media said.

It further said that the process was watched live at All Nations University campus in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital, some 85 km east of the capital.

The satellite was said to have been built by students of All Nations University.

“The successful launch of the satellite has put Ghana on the international map as the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to launch academic satellite into space.

“The successful launch also paved way for the country to explore the full benefit of satellite technology,’’ it added.

The satellite has cameras onboard capable of taking pictures of Ghana and providing data on happenings on Ghana’s coastal areas and the environment

Ghana got its independence from Britain in 1957.