Nigerian centre to train engineers to test new satellite by 2018

Africa NigeriaA new Nigerian educational centre will train local engineers to design, test and fabricate a satellite, according to the director of the new facility

Dr Spencer Onuh, the institute's director, said that the Centre for Satellite Technology Development (CSTD) would aim to design and build the satellite by 2018.

The centre has previously trained a number of Nigerian scientists, who were involved in the design, testing and launch of a number of Nigerian-owned satellites, which Onuh said proved the centre had the credentials and experience to train a new generation of local satellite engineers.

"Capacity building was a core module in the manufacture and launch of NigeriaSat-1, NigeriaSat-2, NigeriaSat-X and NigComSat-1-R, owned by the country," Onuh said.

"Fifteen other scientists from NigeriaSat-1 and 27 engineers from NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X were trained by the centre, while a number of our engineers and scientists have been trained up to PhD level both within and outside the country," Onuh added. 

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