BY KOJO ANSAH
THE ALL Nations University College (ANUC), the institution that put Ghana on the world map following the successful launch of Ghana’s first satellite dubbed Ghanasat-1 into the orbit in July this year, has trained hundreds of young girls in space technology as part of the 2017 world space week ,celebrated worldwide from October 4 to 10 annually.
The theme for the empowerment programme organised by the Space Systems Laboratory Department of the university was ‘Empowering Young Women in Engineering and Technology.’
The pupils, drawn from 17 basic schools in the New Juaben Municipality, were taken through basic theory of satellite technology, the contribution and ability of women in engineering, basics of engineering and its importance to national development and job opportunities. The participants were offered opportunity to engage in handcrafts and drawings out of the knowledge acquired.
A member of the technical team of ANUC who built the historic Ghansat-1 satellite, Mr Joseph Neenyi Kojo Quansah told the DAILY HERITAGE that the university wants to revolutionalise space technology in Ghana to whip up the interest of the youth and political actors.
He said satellite technology is very critical to the development of Ghana, hence the university is working with government and other relevant bodies to build the human capacity get backing laws and infrastructure for the realisation of the vision.
“Satellite is beneficial in so many ways, as a developing country we need to build the human capacity. If we are able to build the human capacity we will move on to exploring the benefits such as telecommunications, satellite for earth observation, satellite for telemedicine and so many applications. So if we have the engineers on ground you feel comfortable to do whatever you want to do.”
He added that “now we don’t have fully furnished space agency and that is what we looking into, we also need space law backing these activities in Ghana.”
On July 7, 2017, the university put Ghana on the world map by launching Ghanasat-1 through Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency at altitude of 400 kilometers above the earth’s atmosphere aboard the Japan Kibo Deployment System.
The satellite is expected to undertake earth imaging of Ghana and broadcast national Anthem from space to the amateur ground station at the campus of the university.
Mr Quansah told the DAILY HERITAGE that the satellite is in operation stage and will soon begin its mission.
” For satellite we have three stages – development, launch and operate; in these stages we have done the development, we have successfully launched, so what we are currently working on is the operation and for the operations we have series of missions on it, taking pictures of the earth, broadcasting songs from space and other things.”