Ghana has successfully launched its first satellite into space.
GhanaSat-1, which was developed by students at All Nations University
in Koforidua, was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre.
Cheers erupted as 400 people, including the engineers, gathered in the
southern Ghanaian city to watch live pictures of the launch. The first
signal was received shortly afterwards.
It is the culmination of a two-year project, costing $50,000 (£40,000).
It received support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
The satellite will be used to monitor Ghana’s coastline for mapping
purposes, and to build capacity in space science and technology.
Project coordinator Dr Richard Damoah said it marked a new beginning for the country.
“It has opened the door for us to do a lot of activities from space,” he told the BBC.
He said it would “also help us train the upcoming generation on how to
apply satellites in different activities around our region.
“For instance, [monitoring] illegal mining is one of the things we are looking to accomplish.”