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FUTA Partners With Japanese Institute For Satellite Launch


FutaTHE Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Centre for Space Research and Applications (CESRA) and the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan, have concluded plans to launch a satellite into space.

To give effect to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two institutions in May 2015, Prof. George Maeda from Kyutech was in FUTA to discuss the modalities of launching the satellite in 2017.

According to Prof. Maeda, the project tagged, “Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds (JGMNB), represents the initial alphabets of five participating countries (Japan, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh).”

Maeda noted that the project intends to successfully build and operate the first University satellite of nation, make the first step towards indigenous space programme at each country with minimum budget.

To actualise this, each country will send three students to Kyutech for training. The students will later be grouped into five teams, with each team having three students. The different teams will after their training build satellite for their country.

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