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NigeriaSat-X: The Mission

NigeriaSat-X: The Mission

The NigeriaSat-X Earth observation satellite provides the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) and the Disaster Monitoring Constellation with 22m imaging capability.  The spacecraft is based on the SSTL-100 satellite platform and delivers 22m GSD across a 600km swath width.

NigeriaSat-X will be used primarily for resource management and mapping of the Nigerian territory and is designed to:

►Provide a high resolution system to map Nigeria every four months
►Enhance food supply security by monitoring the entirety of the Nigerian crop status on a monthly basis
►Provide data continuity and interface with NigeriaSat-1
►Support the development of the Nigerian Geographical Information System (GIS) by providing high quality data
►Enhance national human resources to use space applications and to develop Nigerian capability in space

NigeriaSat-X is based on the SSTL 100 platform and provides:

• 22m GSD, multi-spectral, 600km swath
• Red, Green, Near Infrared spectral bands

NigeriaSat-X operates within the Disaster Monitoring Constellation, the first Earth observation constellation of low cost small satellites providing daily images for applications including global disaster monitoring. The Disaster Monitoring Constellation is coordinated by DMC International Imaging Ltd (DMCii) for disaster response within the International Charter: Space & Major Disasters (

Training and Development Programme

NigeriaSat-X was used as a Training Model spacecraft for the team of Nigerian engineers who participated in SSTL’s training and development programme. Over a period of 18 months, the Nigerian engineers were based at SSTL in the UK and were involved in the design, manufacture and test phases of the NigeriaSat-X spacecraft in a controlled real project, real engineering environment where mistakes are costly!

After launch, NigeriaSat-X was commissioned in orbit by the Nigerian engineers. 

Satellite Data



Earth Observation



Launch Data

Launch Date:
Aug 17 2011 7:12AM

Launch Site:
Yasny, Russia


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

Press Releases

  • 10/08/2011Launch Date Set for NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites
  • 17/08/11: SSTL successfully launches two Nigerian Earth Observation satellites
  • 26/08/11: Nigerian built satellite acquires first image just days after launch

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