BackForward Satellite Programme: NigeriaSat 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Series of satellites for land observation.
  • Nigerian programme: NSRDA responsible of development and operations.
  • The platforms are actively stabilised over 3 axes (NigeriaSat-1 by gravity gradient).
  • The design life time is 5 years (7 for NigeriaSat-2).
  • The satellites exploit sunsynchronous orbits around 10:30, consistent with the Disaster Monitoring Constellation.
  • The replacement policy is based on launching satellites in sequence, roughly 6 months before the expected end-of-life of a satellite.
  • See detailed description at and
Data circulation
  • Data stored onboard and transmitted to two ground stations, one at NCRS (National Center for Remote Sensing), Jos Plateau; the other one at CSTD (Center for Satellite Technology and Development), Abuja.
  • Data circulating within the Disaster Monitoring Constellation consortium in free and fast fashion.  Open access granted. 
Agencies NASRDA
Programme lifetime 2003 - 2023
Associated satellites and instruments

Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned