CENTRE Ready to Manufacture satellites Locally — OFFICIAL

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(NAN) The Centre for Satellite Technology Development (CSTD) on Thursday said it had the capacity to design and manufacture satellites locally in Nigeria if provided with the right climate of operations.

The Director of the centre, Dr Spencer Onuh, stated this at the ongoing 2013 CSTD Week conference in Abuja.

Onuh said that the centre had built the capacity of its engineers, saying they could manufacture satellites if provided with the appropriate equipment and environment.

“It might interest you to know that engineers and scientists in the Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), UK, along with our engineers and scientists, have successfully designed and manufactured satellites in their own country.

“This is because they were provided with a functional Design Centre, Assembly Integration and Testing Facilities (DC/AIT).

“The DC/AIT is at the heart of any space programme,’’ he said.

Onuh said that the establishment of NASRDA’s DC/AIT facility in Abuja was not optional, if Nigeria wanted to indigenise its space programme.

He, however, commended the efforts of the Federal Government for the sole funding of the country’s space programme.

He said the country’s space roadmap was on course, adding that CSTD management and staff were ready to achieve the centre’s mission as approved by the Federal Executive Council.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that CSTD is an `Activity Centre’ of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).

Some of the centre’s mandates are to collaborate with specialised institutions, companies, agencies and countries with space capability and know-how to successfully design, fabricate, test and launch a series of satellites for various missions.

It is also mandated to develop a competent team of experienced, qualified and highly knowledgeable scientists and engineers in the satellite industry, thus improving in-house capacity building. (NAN)

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