Abuja – The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) is to develop and build a Nigerian satellite by 2018, its Director-General, Prof. Seidu Mohammed, has said.
Mohammed announced this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that the agency was working on the legal framework of the Nigerian space programme with a view to enhance the nation’s Space Science and Technology Administration.
He said that the legal framework would set the foundation for the erection of systematic space science and technology in Nigeria.
“The policy document for the actualisation of the Nigerian space programme indicates that 2011 is meant for Nigeriasat II and X, while in 2015, the training of astronauts will commence.
“The agency is expected to achieve the development and building of made-in Nigeria satellite in 2018, while 2025 is for the development of rocketry/ propulsion system,’’ he said.
Mohammed said that the spin-off of allied industries-electronics, and software among others would take place by 2026, while 2028 was for large-scale commercialisation of space technology with know-how.
He said that NASRDA would accomplish the launch of a Nigerian satellite from a Nigerian launch pad by 2030.
He said that the vision statement of the agency was to make Nigeria build indigenous competence in the development, design and building of appropriate hard and software in space technology.
He said that the agency was committed to Nigeria’s socio-economic development as well as enhancing the quality of life of the people. (NAN)