Nigeria launches communication satellite March 2007 — Boroffice

Nigeria will launch her Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT-1), currently under construction in China, on March 19, 2007, the Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency, Prof. Robert Boroffice, has said.
Boroffice announced this yesterday in Abuja when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology visited the agency as part of their over-sight function.
observing that the date had been accepted by all stakeholders, Boroffice said that the schedule would stand as the initial design of the satellite was strictly followed.
"If we discover any defect in the design, we can allow for an extension to ensure that the quality and resolution of the satellite is not compromised in an attempt to meet a deadline,'' he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the contract for the design, build and launch of NIGCOMSAT-1 was awarded to Great Wall Industry Corporation, a Chinese firm, in 2004.
NIGCOMSAT-1 is a super hybrid geo-stationary satellite designed to operate in C, Ku, Ka and L bands with footprints over Africa, part of Middle East and southern Europe.
Boroffice said the satellite was exclusively designed with ICT needs of Africa in mind, stressing that it would facilitate better, clearer and cheaper services to both the operators and end users.
He said that 25 of the 50 engineers sent to China for training as part of the contractual agreement for the satellite had returned to Nigeria to spearhead the building of the satellite ground station in Abuja.
"The remaining 25 engineers will participate in the launch activity before returning to Nigeria,'' he said.
The Chairman of the House Committee, Hon. Festus Adegoke, commended the effort so far made by the agency to put Nigeria in space.
He stressed that with the Nigeriasat-1, the country had been able to overcome the teething problems impeding development.
He said that the initial belief that Nigeria's entry into space technology was a waste of scarce resources had been debunked by the income being generated by Nigeriasat-1.
Adegoke expressed optimism that space technology would open various doors of opportunity for Nigerians.