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  • Updated: February 28, 2022

PPP Will Reduce Government Burden On Space Programmes – Director

PPP Will Reduce Government Burden On Space Programmes – Di

The Centre for Satellite Technology Development (CSTD) has said that Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) will ease space technology development in the country.

Acting Director of the centre, Dr. Sadiq Umar in Abuja that a lot of nations succeeded in space technology through PPP.

“If you check the global trend of space-faring nations, they diversified their stocks through the private sector.

“It can be through privatisation, commercialization; it can be built by individuals and handed over to the government.

“The private sector has the funding, we have the technology and we can partner so that the burden on the Federal Government will be less,’’ he said.

Umar said that most big companies were privately owned adding that this was the way to go to make headway in space technology.

“Virgin Atlantic owned by Richard Branson is wholly owned by a private individual. If you have the money, you can go to space because they are running a satellite tourism business.

“Bringing in PPP is key so that much burden will be reduced on the government and, by extension, realise the national development goals,” he said.

He said that the centre in 2021 embarked on developing some quick-win projects that comprised some satellite components.

The projects included: Tubesat, Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), Low-Frequency Satellite Receiver and Attitude Determination and Control System for Application in Micro-Satellite.

Others were: S-Band Signal Filtration for a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Ground Station and Satellite Image Access, Control and Archiving.

Umar stated that CSTD embarked on those projects because “we can have sub-system of satellites before the full satellite and the key mandate of CSTD is to design and launch an indigenous satellite.

“The projects are performing well, the integration was done here by our engineers and work continues.

“We are looking at ways to further the research on those projects to get funding for them for commercialisation,” he said.

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