‘Nigeria can make $20 million from satellite launch’ – moneyamebo

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National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) disclosed that Nigeria could generate $20 million from the launch of one satellite if it develops its Assembly, Integration and Testing Laboratory (AITL).

The Director General, Dr. Halilu Shaba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the organisation is confident that the 25-year Space Policy Roadmap could be achieved.

He observed that part of the content, which included launching satellites into orbit from Nigerian soil, was crucial to the development of space science and technology.
Shaba added that achieving such a facility was a humongous project that required huge resources, which the yearly budgetary allocations of his agency could barely handle.

He explained that they were engaging in advocacies to investors and other countries to see how partnerships could float the project, as the government might not have the sole capacity.

The NASRDA boss added that the agency was talking to interested countries.

Shaba said they were also making offers to some other nations that would want Nigeria to develop the AITL and grant them access over a period.

Shaba equally confirmed that his establishment was exploring to engage every platform to educate Nigerians about space science and technology.

The avenues being explored, according to him, include expanding the scope of their social media engagements targeted at the youths and banks for development of visibility tools.

“We are also looking at expanding broadband reach to rural areas, which we got the approval from the Federal Executive Council in November 2022.

“We are already ahead with that, some of the equipment is here already, and we are testing the broadband to see its speed,” he clarified.

Source: The Guardian

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