Nigeria’s Plan to Launch a Satellite in 2025 No Longer Feasible – NASRDA

The National Space Research and Development Agency’s intention to launch a satellite from Nigeria in 2025 is no longer viable.

The agency’s Director-General, Halilu Shaba, presented this information during the ongoing 8th Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Expo, themed “STI: Solutions to National Economic Challenges.”

According to the agency’s 25-year vision, one of its goals is to launch a Nigerian astronaut into space and an indigenous satellite from Nigerian land by 2025.

Launching a satellite requires significant capital investment, and the agency is not financially prepared, according to Shaba. However, efforts are underway to build the necessary capacity for future endeavors.

“We currently do not have a window to send an astronaut to space because it is prohibitively expensive. It is when we have the slot and make plans within the next five years that we can launch an astronaut.

“We cannot advise the government to train an astronaut now when we don’t have the slot, the person may probably get older and not fit for space by the time we get a slot,”

“Designing a large satellite for launch takes up to two years; it does not happen overnight. “We have all the manpower, but the resources are not here yet, and I doubt we can achieve that even in 2027,” he stated.

He stated that the agency already has the design for a wanted spacecraft, and that with increased budgetary allocations, it has the potential to build and launch a satellite from Nigeria soon.

Nigeria’s space business is projected to be worth up to $1 billion. Last year, NASRDA estimated that Nigeria might gain $20 million from launching a single satellite by expanding its Assembly, Integration, and Testing Laboratory (AITL).

According to Shaba, Nigeria still has an operating satellite, NigeriaSat-2, in orbit, which continues to provide imagery for the country, Africa, and other countries globally.

The director-general stated that the agency’s other accomplishments included the development of a rocketry program in partnership with the military, geo-visualization of terrorist activity in the North East, and crime mapping.



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