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Benjamin Bonsu, Joseph Quansah & Ernest Teye Matey: Engineering Graduates Successfully Launch Ghana’s First Satellite into Space

Ghana is celebrating a historical achievement that marks a positive step forward.

As noted by BBC News, students at All Nations University in Koforidua were able to see their hard work pay off when they sent their satellite into orbit from the International Space Centre.

“The trio, led by Benjamin Bonsu, a PhD student in Applied Science for System Engineering, Joseph Quansah and Ernest Teye Matey, executed the project under the supervision of Professor Mengu Cho, Director of Laboratory of Spacecraft Environment Interaction Engineering (LaSEINE) and other faculty members of Kyutech” (Graphic.com).

The satellite, GhanaSat-1, took two years for the team to develop and costed 50K.

An excited audience of 400, including engineers, watched the launch event at All Nations University (via live stream)

“It received support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The satellite will be used to monitor Ghana’s coastline for mapping purposes, and to build capacity in space science and technology” (BBC News).

Project coordinator Dr Richard Damoah told the source: “It has opened the door for us to do a lot of activities from space. [It will] help us train the upcoming generation on how to apply satellites in different activities around our region. For instance, [monitoring] illegal mining is one of the things we are looking to accomplish.”

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