Nigeria Launches Another High-Tech Communciation Satelitte in Xichang, China
Tuesday, 20th December 2011
An ATPS Board Member, Prof. Turner T. Isoun played a pioneering role in the initiation and establishment of Nigeria’s telecommunication satellites, in his role as the then Minister for Science and Technology of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2003-2008).
He guided and piloted the activities and events leading to the launching of the Nigeria’s communication satellites including NigComSat 1R in his capacity as the honorable Minister for Science and Technology of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chair of the Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited. This led to the more recent launch of a high-tech Nigeria Communication Satellite NigComSat 1R at Xichang, China at 00:40hrs on 20th December 2011. The satellite is a hybrid communication satellite weighing 5.1 tonnes with 28 transpondents made up of C-Band, KU-Band, KA-Band, and L-Band respectively. These could be used for multiple applications including internet broadband, direct-to-home satellite TV, navigation, e-communication, e-health, e-education, etc.
His Excellency Mr. Goodluck Jonathan the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria applauded this initiative and directed that the launch be televised live on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Nigeria and it was widely celebrated by Nigerians as they do football.
Prof. Isoun expressed his deep satisfaction and gratitude to the Federal Government of Nigeria for the unreserved support towards this initiative. He also appreciates the technical knowledge and support garnered from the ATPS and its rich network of scientists across the continent. He further wishes that Africans can celebrate science, technology and innovation as they do football and that African governments would borrow a leaf from Nigeria and South Africa in advancing telecommunications satellites.
The ATPS is proud to be associated with Prof. Turner T. Isoun and his tremendous achievements in championing Science, Technology and Innovation for African development.
Posted on Tuesday 20th December, 2011
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