ACCRA, (Xinhua) --
Ghana’s first satellite, dubbed
Ghansat-1, was released and deployed into orbit at an
altitude of 420 km on Friday, local media reported.
followed the successful launch on June 10 into the
International Space Station (ISS) by SpaceX, Flight 11
from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the United States,
local radio Starr FM said on its website,
was watched live at All Nations University campus in
Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital, some 85 km east
of the capital.
satellite was built by students of All Nations
successful launch of the satellite has put Ghana on the
international map as the first country in Sub-Saharan
Africa to launch academic satellite into space, paving
way for the country to explore the full benefit of
satellite technology,” the Starr FM report said.
The satellite has cameras onboard capable of taking
pictures of Ghana and providing data on happenings on
Ghana’s coastal areas and the environment.