Ghana Space Science and Technology Centre
Ghana Space Agency
|Space Science and Space Exploration overview|
|Formed||2 May 2012|
|Type||Space travel; Space exploration; Space medicine; Space research; and Astronomy|
|Child Space Science and Space Exploration||Ghana Space Agency|
The Ghana Space Science and Technology Center (GSSTC) was opened officially on 2 May 2012 as Ghana’s first space science, space exploration, astronomy and technology space agency. GSSTC and Ghana Space Agency (GhSA) aims to become an arena of excellence in space science, space exploration and space technology through teaching, learning, private spaceflight and space research commercialisation. The centre and space agency will also allow scientists and astronauts to conduct research into natural resource management, weather forecasting, agriculture and national security.
The GSSTC space agency's first flagship project is the Ghana Radio Astronomy Project which will see the abandoned Vodafone earth satellite station at Kuntunse, near Accra into a radio astronomy telescope. In 2012, work was conducted by Ghanaian experts of the GSSTC and South African experts of the South African National Space Agency to replace worn out parts.
The GSSTC is working with the China National Space Administration to engage with astronauts, students, and young professionals about collaboration with the centre and space agency; and it has already embarked on outreach programmes to schools and has run tours to scientific sites.
Between the years of 2012 and 2024, Ghana is reportedly seeking USD5-10 billion in finance and funding support to develop the centre’s infrastructure and human capacity. It has approached a global consortium of multinational institutions - including the China Development Bank, and the bank HSBC – as well as requesting technical advice from the China National Space Administration, and NASA for space science exploration, and institutions in Japan, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and India, Indian Space Research Organisation.