Ghana Has Launched Its First Satellite Into Space.

Ghana has successfully launched its first satellite into space.

The GhanaSat-1 was developed by students from All Nations University in Koforidua, the satellite was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre. 

Cheers erupted as a room filled with 400 people, including the engineers gathered in the southern Ghanian city to watch the launch of the satellite.

The success of this launch has been due to two-years worth of work and  $50,000 (£40,000).

The satellite will be used to monitor Ghana’s coastline for mapping purposes and will help build up Ghana’s capacity in space science and technology. 

According to the BBC Project coordinator Dr Richard Damoah said it marked a new beginning for the country.

“It has opened the door for us to do a lot of activities from space,” he told the BBC.

He said it would “also help us train the upcoming generation on how to apply satellites in different activities around our region.

“For instance, [monitoring] illegal mining is one of the things we are looking to accomplish.”

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