The GhanaSat-1 is is an educational satellite initiative that aims to build the capacity of students to learn the entire process of building a Satellite Program starting with mission planning and ending with satellite disposal.
The mission of GhanaSat-1 is to take pictures of Ghana via two on-board cameras, broadcast the Ghanaian National Anthem and the All Nations University's Anthem to the Ground Station (located on ANU's Campus) and Ham radio receivers. It will also help determine satellite precise location, measure atmospheric density and provide access to the Ground Station’s Network for CubeSat constellation (NET).
The 1U experimental CubeSat, which weighs 1000 grams which will be launched to an altitude of 400km on June 2nd 2017, was developed by the ANU SSTL staff in collaboration with Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan.
The successful launch is expected to boost the country’s capacity to take advantage of space science technology in the near future.
Among many benefits of deploying the educational satellite, 3 most notable are:
Shape: Cube Standard
Dimensions: 100mm x 100mm x100mm
Ghanasat-1 shall be launched from the International Space Station and released to orbit using the Japan KIBO on board the ISS on June 2nd 2017.
Orbit: ISS Orbit (Low Earth Orbit)
Orbital Inclination: 51.64 degrees
Orbital Speed : 7.67 km/s
Orbital Period: 92 minutes
Days in Orbit: 365 (after deployment)
Ghanasat-1 will fulfill the 25 years Space Debris Mitigation Guidelines (IADC Soft Law) to reduce space debris in Low Earth Orbit.