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Salt Lake City airport, USA

Seen by new NigeriaSat-2 satellite

This is the first image released by Airbus Defence and Space subsidiary Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) from its NigeriaSat-2 satellite which was successfully launched along with its NigeriaSat-X counterpart on 17 August 2011 onboard a Dnepr rocket from Yasny in southern Russia. The Earth observation satellites, built under contract with the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), will significantly boost African capabilities for natural resource management, as well as aid disaster relief through the Disaster Monitoring Constellation.

The two new NigeriaSat Earth observation satellites will give Nigeria access to extremely high-quality satellite images that can be exploited in a wide range of applications.

The two new NigeriaSat Earth observation satellites will give Nigeria access to
extremely high-quality satellite images that can be exploited in a wide range of
applications.

 

NigeriaSat-2, one of the most advanced Earth observation small satellites launched, will provide high-resolution (2.5 m) images while NigeriaSat-X delivers 22 m resolution imagery. Under a three-year training and development programme, 26 Nigerian engineers have worked alongside SSTL engineers in Guildford, assembling the accompanying 100 kg NigeriaSat-X.

Salt Lake City airport, USA - close-up

Photos: © NigeriaSat-X/DMCii

SSTL has built its worldwide reputation in small satellites through the development of innovative technologies which have lowered the cost of operational space missions with real world applications.

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