The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Centre for Space Research and Applications (CESRA) and the Kyushu Institute of Technology, (Kyutech), Japan have concluded arrangements to launch a satellite into Space.
To give effect to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Kyutech and FUTA in May 2015, a one-man team from Kyutech was in FUTA to discuss the modalities of launching the Satellite in 2017.
Assistant Professor at Kyutech, George Maeda, while paying a courtesy call on the management of the University said he had long looked forward to collaborating with CESRA having met CESRA Director Professor Joseph Akinyede when the MoU was signed between FUTA and Kyutech.
Speaking on behalf of his boss, Mengu Cho, George said the project tagged “Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds” (JGMNB) represents the initial alphabets of five participating countries (Japan, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh).
According to him, JGMNB is a proposal for a satellite programme for non-space facing countries with the aim of laying down foundation of sustainable space programme by accumulating human resource in Universities and launching a University Space Research and Education Programme.
George also said the project intends to successfully build and operate the first University Satellite of nation, make the first step towards indigenous space programme at each country with minimum budget at Universities in emerging or developing countries.
To actualize this each country will send three students to Kyutech for training and there will be five teams, with each having three students.