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.

GhanaSat-1 during development

Benefits

Among many benefits of deploying the educational satellite, 3 most notable are:

  • To lay down the foundation of a sustainable Space Program by developing adequate human resource in various local universities coupled with launching a tertiary Space Research and Education Program.
  • First initiative in Ghana towards creating indigenous Space Satellite Programs.
  • To activate the various govermental agencies responsible for related space activities by providing a standard procedure of various processes related to registering space objects (under the UN registration convention), frequency allocation for space objects, international cooperation with international space faring nations.

  • GhanaSat-1 Properties

    Mass: 1kg
    Shape: Cube Standard
    Dimensions: 100mm x 100mm x100mm

    Mission
  • Use Low and High Resolution Camera onboard to take a picture of our Ghana and its shores. (Satellite data can be used to monitor the coastal areas)
  • Broadcast Ghana's Anthem and the All Nations University Anthem as well as serve as an outreach programme to stimulate and strengthen STEM education in high school and tertiary education.
  • Scientific initiative to measure the single event latchup occurrence that degrade electronic system onboard the satellite due to the harsh space environment and analyze this data to contribute to scientific research.

  • Orbital Parameters

    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.
    Altitude: 420km
    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.