Good news to Nigeria and the management of Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), the launch of the first satellite by Nigerian university will be taking place in Florida USA today. See the full details and how to watch live the FUTA Satellite launch today by 10:55PM.
FUTA Satellite Launch and How to Watch Live
The Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA will this Thursday June 1st at 10.55pm (Nigerian time) launch the first ever Nigerian university satellite (FUTA satellite) into Space from Kennedy SpaceX Falcon9 Rocket Centre in Florida, USA.
The FUTA satellite which is also known as NigeriaEdusat-1 is a component of Birds 1 satellites, comprising 5 CubeSats belonging to Japan, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh.
The Nigerian CubeSat, code name NigeriaEdusat-1, is designed, built and owned by The Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, in collaboration with National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, Abuja, Nigeria, and Kyushu Institute of Technology Japan.
Ibukun Adebolu of FUTA’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is the representative of Nigeria on the project. It is the first ever university satellite to be launched in Nigeria. The CubeSats will be launched and docked to the International Space Station where the satellites will be deployed into lower orbit during the last week of June 2017.
To watch the launch of the Futa satellite live, here is the live stream link
Alternatively you can watch it here http://www.spacex.com/missions
The launch of NigeriaEdusat-1 will be of tremendous benefit in the area of science and Technology and capacity building, i. e. domesticating the satellite technology in a Nigerian university, FUTA, and making the technology a common business among staff and students of the university and also in engineering and Mathematics education development.
The satellite technology development in the long run shall have spillover effects on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education that is an essential tool for a country industrial development.