History

The All Nations University Space Systems Technology Laboratory (ANU-SSTL), a laboratory under the Electronics and Communications Engineering department, has become a key feature in promoting research, development and innovation in Space Science and Satellite Technology in Ghana and Africa.

The Laboratory was established in February 2012 following a sensitization workshop hosted by the University. The workshop organized as part of ANU's celebration of a decade of innovation, excellence and quality higher education; it was the first of its kind in Ghana and attracted University scholars, researchers, government representatives among many others. The Lab is made up of ANUC' indigenous staff and students who are dedicated to championing and establishing Space Science research in Ghana and Africa.

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Mission

To promote and build human capacity in the area of Space Science and Satellite Technology through innovative research and development of educative projects to impact our society and Africa as a whole.

Objectives

To lay down a foundation and advance a sustainable space programme by building human capacity in Space Science and Satellite Technology in Ghana and Africa.

To advance knowledge in the entire process of satellite programmes including mission planning, mission operation and mission disposal.

To research, design, build and integrate high performance educational miniature satellites such as Can-Sat, Hepta-Sat, Cube-Sat and Nano-Sat.

To research, design and build ground station(s) for tracking and communicating with earth orbiting satellites.

To be a member of the International Ground Station Networks.

To establish a platform for international networks and collaboration with world renowned institutions for the advancement of Space technology in the region.

2012 - 2018 MILESTONES

The ANU-SSTL launched the first miniature satellite “CanSat”, in sub-Saharan Africa on 15th May 2013. The mission of the CanSat was an educative project to create awareness and promote Space Science and Satellite Technology among students.

The GhanaSat-1 was designed to take photographs of our homeland (Ghana) and to provide data to monitor Ghana's coastal areas. This was part of the ANU-SSTL series of projects in spearheading and advancing Space Science Technology for sustainable development in Ghana and Africa.

ANU-SSTL made a historic contact with the International Space Station (ISS) in June 2014 using its Amateur Ground Station which the indigenous Engineers developed and installed in 2014. The SSTL was awarded an ARISS-QSL Card [Amateur Radio on the International Space Station contact verification card] from the ISS, for successfully decoding a Slow Scan Television (SSTV) Image of the Russian Cosmonaut (Mikhail Kornienko) from the ISS.

The ANU-SSTL, in promoting Space Science and Research Innovation, successfully installed a SUN PHOTOMETER in December 2015 as part of NASA Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET), The AERONET ground system and its operating facilities measures the atmospheric aerosol column which helps to reduce the effect of global warming caused by greenhouse gasses over the region.

In July 2017, the ANU-SSTL successfully launched the historic GhanaSat-1 (the first of its kind in West Africa) which was developed by three Ghanaians Engineers from All Nations University.

Future Plans

  • To contribute to the establishment, the Ghana Space Agency and Ghana Outer Space Act.
  • Run Accredited Bachelor Degree in Space Programme in 2023.
  • To develop a satellite (known as GALAMSAT-2) to monitor Illegal Mining and Water Pollution, Oil Spillage, Deforestation, Bushfires and Town Planning in Ghana.
  • Expand our capacity building activities through our outreach programmes at Senior High Schools (cover all the 275 constituencies) in Ghana.
  • Expand our Satellite Development Infrastructure to have a Satellite Development Center and Testing Facility in Ghana and Africa for sustainable space program and development.