Tuesday, June 18, 2013

FG plans to train Nigerian Astronauts for Space Travel by 2015

The Federal Government has plans to start training of local astronauts for space travel by 2015.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Ita Ewa, on Monday when giving a report of the achievements of his ministry in the past two years, at a press conference in Abuja.

He said the ministry was waiting for President Goodluck Jonathan to approve the training programme, also that the country would collaborate with the Chinese government for the development of a space rocket.

Adding that a launch site with a 20-kilometre launch capability had been set up in Epe, Lagos State, 12 engineers from the National Space Research and Development Agency (NARSDA) are in China for training.

According to him, the socio-economic benefits of such deployment of satellites include; security surveillance, flood management, environmental surveillance for pest and diseases infested areas, desertification and pollution, especially oil spillage in the Niger Delta.

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