A Nigerian Is Anticipating To Step in the Moon With the Courtesy of NASRDA
I know that most of us will have never heard of the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), an agency responsible for Nigeria’s space program.
S.O Mohammed who is the director general of the NASRDA discusses, According to the recent interview with CNN, his plans, and the reason why the Nigeria’s space program is important.
S.O Mohammed said:
- “We have always said… the Nigerian space program is not going to be an ego trip”.
He added that the program is not just for fun or to make a record but to create a solution which will be helpful to the country:
- “We are not part of the race for the moon, we’re not part the race for Mars. What we need to look at is using the space program to look at how we can create typical Nigerian solutions to most of our problems.”
The Director General of NASRDA said he is anticipating to build a locally designed and built satellite by 2018 and, the launch of a satellite from the Nigerian territory by 2030, and, after that, S.O Mohammed wants Nigeria to put a man on the moon.
As usual, there will surely be some obstacles which may put his plans to vain. Or better still, What’s the point of a satellite program in a country with 70% of its population living below the poverty line? And What’s the point of having a man on the moon more than 60 years after the U.S did it?
But the director general, Mohammed stated the benefits of Nigeria’s existing 3 satellite programs as follows:
* the documentation of the regional climate change patterns
* updating of the country’s maps and
* tracking the movements of terrorist group Boko Haram.
After the successful launch of A satellite and a Nigerian man to the moon, Mohammed will bd launching a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) which is a satellite capable of penetrating cloud coverage.
The Nigeria’s Space Program needs the sum of $85m but in this 2017’s financial year, NASRDA has been granted $20 million and, they still needs $65 million more to launch its next satellite.
The money will be put to good use, Mohammed says.