The Federal University of Technology, Akure, official announced on 30th of May 2017 that it would on Thursday 1st of June 2017 launch a satellite into space in partnership with other local and international organisations. ( National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, Abuja, Nigeria, and Kyushu Institute of Technology Japan.)
The Nigerian Cubesat, is a component of the Birds 1 satellites, comprising of four other CubeSats belonging to Japan, Ghana, Mongolia and Bangladesh, All will be launched from the SpaceX Falcon9 Rocket.
Mr Ibukun Adebolu of FUTA’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is the Nigerian representative on the project. He will be monitoring the CubeSats launched and make sure it’s properly docked to the International Space Station, ISS, where the satellites will be deployed into lower orbit during the last week of June.
He started that the satellite technology development in the long run shall have spillover effects on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education that is an essential tool for a country industrial development.’’
Mean objective of NigeriaEdusat-1 is to domesticate and make satellite technology popular “among members of staff and students of the institution for the purpose of research, resources and environmental management and sustainable socio-economic development of the nation.’’
If the NigeriaEdusat-1 is successfully launched this will. another great remarkable science achievement for entire Students and Saff of the Federal University of Technology, Akure.