Driving the Nigerian space program is one truly intense gig. There is no billion dollar spending plan. The labs and hardware are a long way from bleeding edge. The organization’s exhibition hall sits discharge.
New difficulties hide around each corner. However S. O. Mohammed, chief general of the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), is resolved to wring logical accomplishments out of his shoestring spending plan.
“We have dependably said … the Nigerian space program won’t be a personality trip,” Mohammed told CNNMoney.
“We are not some portion of the race for the moon, we’re not part the race for Mars,” he proceeded. “What we have to take a gander at is utilizing the space program to take a gander at how we can make average Nigerian answers for the greater part of our issues.”
Mohammed’s objectives incorporate the capacity to locally plan and manufacture a satellite by 2018. By 2030, he wants to dispatch a satellite from Nigerian region. After that? He needs to put a man to the moon. However Mohammed faces extreme investigation. Faultfinders need to know why Nigeria is burning through cash on a space program when 70% of its natives live beneath the destitution line. At the point when the nation’s economy is confronting an approaching subsidence? In addition, what’s the purpose of a moon mission that would dispatch over 60 years after Apollo 11?
Mohammed focuses to the nation’s three existing satellites as confirmation of what can be picked up from a national space program. As of now, they’ve helped archive local environmental change examples and refresh the nation’s obsolete maps. They’ve likewise been helpful in following the developments of fear monger gather Boko Haram in remote territories of the nation. Mohammed’s next need is propelling an Engineered Gap Radar (SAR) satellite fit for infiltrating cloud scope. The pictures it produces should help screen action in the Inlet of Guinea, which has as of late observed an ascent in privateer movement. Mohammed says these undertakings are in regards to “limit building” – headways that will in the long run transform Nigeria into a provincial space advancement center point. Look no further, he says, than NASRDA’s 2,000-part staff. Mohammed reviews that when he began at the office eight years prior, it bragged only six researchers with PhDs. Presently, the quantity of PhDs on staff has expanded to 70, and another 50 workers are contemplating in quest for cutting edge degrees. NASRDA has been conceded $20 million this budgetary year to keep operations going, yet it needs $65 million more to get its next satellite venture off the ground. Mohammed says the cash will be put to great utilize – all things considered, Nigeria is expanding on the endeavors of others.
“We’re not rethinking the wheel,” he said. “The Nigerian model is a decent model for the creating scene. We’re not starting from the very beginning like the U.S. or, on the other hand Russia.”