Nigeria to acquire a new satellite for security

October 10, 2023
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  • Nigeria to acquire a new satellite for security
  • Intella gets $3.4m pre-Series A

Nigeria to acquire a new satellite for security


The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has announced plans to acquire a high-resolution satellite to identify problems, show where bandits are, and give advance notice of terrorist movements.

The Director General of NASRDA, Halilu Shaba — represented by the Director, Centre for Satellite Technology Development (CSTD), Dr Sadiq Umar — disclosed this at the 7th annual lecture of the Nigerian Institution of Space Engineers (NISEng).

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Why is the agency getting a new satellite? Per the agency, the country's current satellite, Sat X, cannot be used to address insecurity because it's only delivering low-resolution images.  

“You can pinpoint using 0.5 to 1 metre resolution and we don’t have a space asset that is of that resolution.”

Why does it matter? It’s not news that insecurity is one of the main challenges in Nigeria. Several threats, including terrorism, militancy, ethnic and religious violence, and organised crime, have plagued the country for decades.

A good satellite, as Shaba emphasised, provides data for environmental monitoring, weather forecasting, cybersecurity, and safe data transmission. Previously, Nigeria's satellites have been crucial in managing post-disaster recovery and monitoring natural disasters like floods, oil spills, and forest fires.

What do we need now? Well, Shaba stated that the country requires a Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite capable of seeing through clouds at night.

For insights on Nigeria's space programme, check out Ogheneremu’s story: After 23 years, Nigeria's space ambitions still look like a pipe dream

Intella gets $3.4m pre-Series A


Last week, an Egyptian startup, Intella, secured $3.4 million in a pre-Series A round to support the creation of comprehensive AI models tailored to the needs of the MENA region.

In 2022, Hala Ventures led the company’s $1 million seed and in this round, the VC co-led with Wa'ed Ventures. Other investors, including Sanabil 500, took part.

Nour Altaher and Omar Mansour founded Intella in 2021 to provide real-time, on-demand market research to its business clients in several industries.

Intella is strategically moving its headquarters from Cairo to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to show its commitment to the market and take advantage of the rapidly developing tech and AI scene.

“Saudi Arabia is quickly becoming a hub for technological advances. This move fits perfectly with our plans for expansion,” Taher said.

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Have a great Tuesday!

Victoria Fakiya for Techpoint Africa.

She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.

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