The returns on investment (ROI) of Space Science and Technology Education show that Space Science can economically and strategically benefit a nation’s development. This was the assertion of the Acting Director of the African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education-English (ARCSSTEE) during the 3rd African Scientific Integration Network (AScIN) Conference hosted by the Centre for Energy Research and Development from July 25th – 29th, 2022.
The conference themed, “Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development brought together scientists from all areas of research.
In her presentation, the Mrs Ali-Fadiora informed the gathering that ARCSSTE-E was inaugurated in Lagos, Nigeria on 24 November 1998, under the auspices of UN-OOSA and mandated to build a critical mass of high-quality indigenous capacity in Space Science and Technology (SST) for English-speaking African countries, As an activity centre for the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), ARCSSTEE (CSSTE) support applications in Space Science and Technology for sustainable national, regional and continental development.
She also stated that in the context of national development, development can be thought of as a controlled or planned improvement in the citizenry’s life.
She reiterated that Sustainable development is currently a meeting point for the debate about the state of the world and how to respond to the social, economic, environmental, and institutional challenges facing us. She identified drivers of unsustainability to include: Inequalities of Development, Poverty, Hunger, Health, and Well-being Deficiencies; Food insecurity, Biodiversity Loss, Water scarcity, and Scarcity of other Natural Resources;Unsustainable Energy Systems; Climate Change; Conflicts, Wars, etc.
ARCSSTEE's exhibition stand during the conference
The Acting Director who was accompanied by some staff of the Centre pointed out to the audience that humans have been venturing into space since October 4, 1957, when USSR launched Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to orbit Earth. She further identified different segments of a Space System to include: Space Segment (Satellites and Spacecrafts); Ground Segment (Antennas and System Control; Communication Networks; Data archiving and processing; launch facility and User Segment (User receivers and Mobile devices)
The Acting Director maintained that Space technology is the technology related to the exploration of and activity in space and involves that technology for developing and deploying spacecraft, satellites and space stations into orbits.
She insisted that Space Technology as a technological development vehicle is not cheap and advocated for more investment its benefits and turnaround effects are tremendous and enviable when adopted.
The Centre also exhibited the capabilities of some of its equipment including the DJI Mavic 2s unmanned aerial vehicle and the Clinostat for Micro-gravity studies etc