Building the Appropriate Capacity for Enabling Space Programs in Africa: The Nigerian Experience
International Journal of Sustainable Development Research
Volume 5, Issue 1, March 2019, Pages: 18-23
Received: Jan. 14, 2019;
Accepted: Feb. 22, 2019;
Published: Mar. 26, 2019
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Onuh Spencer, Satellite Systems Department, Centre for Satellite Technology Development, Abuja, Nigeria; Space Systems Department, National Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria
Chizea Francis, Space Systems Department, National Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria
Agboola Olufemi, Space Systems Department, National Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria
Akoma Henry, Satellite Systems Department, Centre for Satellite Technology Development, Abuja, Nigeria; Space Systems Department, National Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria
This paper x-rays the two-decade gradual yet steady strides made by Nigeria in building the capacity of its workforce in space science and technology. Information concerning the technical training modules on earth observation satellites (EOS), communication satellites, space transport and propulsion systems, and space systems application software is provided. Details are also provided of the locations for these training, the number of personnel involved and the associated cost implication for some of the capacity building programs. This review concludes that despite the funding challenges, global legal bottlenecks and the security implications associated with undertaking and executing a national space program, a continual investment in space capacity building programs is necessary, crucial and essential. This is because the immediate and long-term national benefits of these capacity building programs are immense and the spin-offs have trans-generational impacts.
Building the Appropriate Capacity for Enabling Space Programs in Africa: The Nigerian Experience, International Journal of Sustainable Development Research.
Vol. 5, No. 1,
2019, pp. 18-23.
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