From The Director General`s Desk
In 1976, Nigeria declared its space ambition to members of the Economic Commission for Africa and Organization of African Unity during an inter-governmental meeting in Addis-Ababa. In 1988 the National Council of Ministers’ approved the establishment of a National Centre for Remote Sensing, to be located at Jos; with a Ground Receiving Station, at Kerang, in Mangu LGA of Plateau State(site of the defunct Aerostat Balloon Project).
NASRDA's Activity Centers
The Centre for Atmospheric Research (CAR) is the Research and Development activity Centre of NASRDA that is committed to research & capacity building in atmospheric sciences under the support of the Federal Government of Nigerian through the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
The Center for Basic Space Science (CBSS) was established in 2001 as one of the activity Centres of NASRDA. It was formerly situated at the bookshop building of The University of Nigeria Nsukka and has presently moved to her permanent site at TTC road Ebirimmiri Nsukka Enugu State.
- Basic Space Science,
- Solar terrestrial Physics,
- Cosmology and Origin of Life,
- Ionosphere physics,
The idea behind the establishment of the Centre for Geodesy and Geodynamics (CGG) was conceived as far back as 1985 when a National Technical Committee on Earthquake Phenomena (NTCEP) was inaugurated by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology following the reported 1984 earth tremor in Ijebu-Ode and Ibadan, South-West, Nigeria.
CSSTE is affiliated to United Nations’ African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education, established for Anglophone and Francophone countries to:
- Develop curriculum, skills and knowledge of University educators, research scientists
- Train other professionals and personnel in the applications of Satellite Remote sensing, Meteorology & Communication, Geographic Information System (GIS)
The Centre started in 2001 as a Satellite Technology project with the initiation of the Nigeria Sat-1 Earth Observation satellite project before its metamorphoses into Centre for Satellite Technology Development.
Of the five centers established with CSTD, it appeared that the main burden of pursuance of the National Space Policy and Program fell heavily on the Centre for Satellite Technology Development.
- Collaborate with specialized institutions,
- Develop core competencies and critical mass of scientists and engineers in satellite subsystem design,
- Develop laboratory and assembly plant for the production of ground station receivers,
- Develop subsystems such as HPA, LNA, UP and down converters etc.,
- Collaborate with other Nigerian institutions,
The Centre for Space Transport and Propulsion (CSTP), Epe, Lagos, was established on the 19th February, 2003, as one of the six activity Centres of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Abuja. Nigeria. It is strategically situated along the Lagos lagoon in Epe, and in close proximity with the Lagos State University (LASU), Epe Engineering campus.
- To develop the engineering and scientific capability necessary to produce aerospace transport vehicles with rockets and aircrafts in mind
- To develop and acquire the technology essential for manufacturing of the necessary components for space vehicles.
- To develop various types of propellants for rocket engines with attention on solid, liquid, and other forms of high-energy propulsion systems.
- To acquire and develop the capacity to fabricate and integrate rocket systems for short, and long-range peaceful application missions.
The desire by Nigeria to establish its own comprehensive Remote Sensing Centre dates back to 1976, when the Government first made its intentions known during an Inter-Governmental meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prior to this pronouncement, several studies undertaken on-behalf of the Government have indicated the need for such a centre to be centrally located. One of such studies was carried out by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).