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NigeriaSat-2: The Mission

NigeriaSat-2: The Mission

The NigeriaSat-2 Earth observation satellite provides the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) and the Disaster Monitoring Constellation with very high resolution imaging capability.  The satellite is based on the SSTL-300 platform, a highly agile design that delivers multiple viewing modes to a maximum of 2.5m panchromatic (black and white) ground sample distance (GSD) and 5m multispectral (colour) GSD across a 20km swath width.

The NigeriaSat-2 satellite is used primarily for resource management and mapping of the Nigerian territory.

Example applications

Improved precision agriculture

Precision agriculture is an application already available using NigeriaSat-1, however the smaller pixel size of NigeriaSat-2 imagery will enable an increase in efficiency.  For example, fertilisers can be targeted at much smaller areas, thus reducing wastage. 

Land-use monitoring

NigeriaSat-1 supported land-use monitoring but on a very large scale, identifying areas of farmland, desert, forest or urbanisation.  Using the very high resolution imager on NigeriaSat-2 it will be possible to see individual roads and dwellings to understand the population density in an area and then use this information to plan improvements to national infrastructure, e.g. roads, water, electricity. 

Cadastral applications

In many cases a clear understanding of land ownership is not available in Nigeria.  The high resolution imagery from NigeriaSat-2 will allow the land registry to be updated and will aid in legal disputes about property borders.

High resolution disaster support

NigeriaSat-1 has proven very effective in disaster response, providing imagery to the Disaster Monitoring Constellation.  The high resolution imager on NigeriaSat-2 will allow a different kind of disaster support.  Whereas the wide swath and medium resolution imagers from NigeriaSat-1 provide the big picture which is very good for getting an overall view of the problem and can be used for wide area change detection, the high resolution images from NigeriaSat-2 will provide detailed information about a target, which is not clearly visible in the medium resolution imagery.  This might include targeting individual bridges, buildings, or roads to assess damage and plan and prioritise disaster relief.

In addition to designing and building the NigeriaSat-2 spacecraft, SSTL was contracted to:

►Design an SSTL 100 flight standard training model (NigeriaSat-X) to be built by the Nigerian engineers under the training and development programme provided by SSTL
►Install a Mission Control Centre in Abuja, at NASRDA’s ground station facility
►Provide advanced training and development programme for 25 Nigerian engineers
►Arrange to launch both spacecraft

Satellite Data



Earth Observation



Launch Data

Launch Date:
Aug 17 2011 7:12AM

Launch Site:
Yasny, Russia


700km altitude, sun-synchronous orbit, 22:30 LTAN

Press Releases

06/11/2006  Contract award
10/08/2011  Launch Date Set for NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites
15/08/2011 SSTL's very high resolution satellite NigeriaSat-2 prepares for launch
17/08/2011SSTL successfully launches two further Earth observation satellites
28/09/2011 Nigeria's new satellite demonstrates stunning high resolution capability

In the News

Nigeria set to expand its activities in space
BBC News 02 March 2011

Nigerian satellites are picture perfect
BBC News 26 August 2011

UK-built NigeriaSat-2 shows off its vision
BBC News 28 September 2011

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