NigComSat -1R has successfully replaced the NigComSat-1 as Nigeria’s major communication satellite. The newly launched NigComSat-1R was sent into orbit yesterday (Monday December 19) after the NigComSat-1 was de-orbited due to malfunctions of Solar Array Deployment Assembly, SADA, on November 10, 2008 was recorded.
President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed his delight at the launch and has said it will serve as a step forward in the march towards a modern technologically-driven knowledge society.
President Jonathan said, while congratulating the nation, that the country is keeping up with the time frame of activities contained in the country’s 25 year National Space Development Road Map.
Speaking on the launch on his Facebook page, the Nigerian President said:
Today, I want to congratulate all Nigerians on the successful launch of Nigeria’s satellite NigComSat-1R. This satellite will enhance our nation’s communications system and increase Internet bandwidth throughout the federation while substantially reducing the over $1 billion cost incurred from the usage of foreign owned satellites for e-commerce activities of both governmental and private sector users all of which are a fulfilment of the goals contained in our nation’s 25-year National Space Development Road-map. There cannot be Transformation without technology and the technological benefits from this satellite will flow to all Nigerians whether rural or urban dweller and would also provide the infrastructure needed to provide cashless e-commerce transactions for all Nigerians thus opening up Nigerian businesses and enterprises to markets that are not limited by space or time. GEJ