The 2021 African Satellite Development Initiative: What is it?

August 12, 2021 | by: David Kodjani

In 2019, theEgyptian Space Agency (EgSA) invited heads of agencies from Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and Sudan to launch a Pan-African satellite project dubbed the Africa Development Satellite Initiative. (AfDev-Sat).

The project was launched in light of the integration of African countries in the field of space - Egypt hosting the African Space Agency which won the tender in February 2019. AfDev-SAT’s objective is to cooperate with each other to defend the level of knowledge and capacity in the space industry and how African countries can not be independent to build their own space systems.

As part of the implementation of the project, Egypt hosted representatives from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Egypt as part of a satellite training program between July 25 and August 5, 2021 in Cairo. During the training, participants will take courses on space project management, space subsystem design, CAD tools and design software guidance, satellite testing, among others. Led by EgSA engineers, participants followed self-design sessions with a technical guide, while working in groups.

"It is obvious that we need to speak together and work together to bring Africa to where we want it to be. It is our responsibility to develop this science and technology. The Egyptian Space Agency has taken the lead and we are delighted, "said Halilu Ahmed Shaba, Director General of the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). Dr Halilu also hopes that this training program will lead to future collaborations between participating African countries in the field.

In addition, Samuel Donkor, President of the All Nations University (ANU) in Ghana, praised what Egypt was doing for the development of space activities in Africa.

Egypt is the country that invests the most in satellite programs in Africa and one of the few countries that has been able to demonstrate its ability to develop small satellites in its territory. EgSA is currently developing 35 educational cubesats in collaboration with universities and research institutions across the country. The EGP 4 million project is being implemented in partnership with NASA to train more space scientists and engineers in the country.

Source: Space In Africa

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