The Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA’s achievements in science and technology will get a boost Thursday, June 1, when the SpaceX Falcon9 rocket launches Birds 1 satellites, comprising five CubeSats belonging to Japan, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh, into space from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA.
The Nigerian CubeSat, NigeriaEdusat-1, was designed, built and owned by FUTA in collaboration with National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, Abuja, and Kyushu Institute of Technology Japan.
Mr. Ibukun Adebolu, of FUTA’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, is the representative of Nigeria on the project that will see the CubeSats launched and docked to the International Space Station, ISS, where the satellites will be deployed into lower orbit during the last week of June.
The objective of NigeriaEdusat-1 is domesticating the satellite technology in FUTA for research, resources and en-vironmental management, and sustainable socio-economic development.
It will have spillover effects on science, techno-logy, engineering and mathematics education.