The Nigerian-built satellite, NigeriaSat-X, has acquired its first satellite image just a few days after it’s successful launch into orbit in Russia.
The captured images include buildings and the landscape surrounding the city of Auckland, New Zealand.
The image demonstrates that the satellite’s enhanced 22m wide-area multi-spectral imagery for mapping, agricultural monitoring and disaster relief programmes works well.
NigeriaSat-X was built by engineers from Nigeria’s National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) under the supervision of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) in the United Kingdom.
The new generation of Nigerian scientists and engineers trained under the NigeriaSat-X project would continue to support Nigeria’s space programme, ensuring its continued success and sustainability.
Currently two joint NASRDA-SSTL teams are working in parallel in Abuja and Guildford, UK to commission NigeriaSat-X and NigeriaSat-2, which were launched at the same time.
After the initial commissioning phase is complete, the NASRDA team in Guildford will return to Nigeria to continue NigeriaSat-X operations from the Abuja ground station.