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The road to commissioning NigeriaSat-2 in Abuja

With launch preparations complete, we take a closer look at how the satellite will be commissioned for its future mission. NigeriaSat-2 will be operated by a team of trained NASRDA operations engineers from the recently upgraded ground station in Abuja. As part of their latest training and development programme, five NASRDA engineers undertook operations training, which will enable them to task, download and process image data, as well as manage day to day satellite operations.
Nigerian engineers in Guildford
Nigerian engineers in Guildford
For the LEOP (Launch and Early Operations) phase, four SSTL engineers will join the Nigeria operations team in Abuja. LEOP is expected to cover a period of around one week, during which time the satellite will be stablized. Over the following few weeks, engineers will switch on and test each of the spacecraft modules, including the imaging system. This will be an exciting time when we’ll see the first images and operations are handed over to the Nigerian team.
N2 Ground Segment - with 3.7m S band (left) and 7.3m S/X band Antennas.
N2 Ground Segment - with 3.7m S band (left) and 7.3m S/X band Antennas.
A period of calibration will commence over 2-3 months before the Nigerian team begin downloading and processing targeted images, which will be used to help manage urban planning, deforestation, water and food resources and support emergency relief campaigns through the Disaster Monitoring Constellation. NigeriaSat-2 image data will also be made available commercially, supporting a sustainable space industry for Nigeria.

 

 
 

 

 

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