Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute to Open its First Real-Time Earth Ground Station in Africa

(Press release from ViaSat. Photo Credit: GSSTI)

“Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, today announced the launch of its first Real-Time Earth (RTE) facility in Africa, located in Accra, Ghana. Viasat worked in partnership with the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI)… focused on coordinating all space, science, technology and related activities in Ghana, to bring new space opportunities and jobs to the region, while expanding Viasat’s ability to deliver critical earth observation and remote sensing data on-demand around the world….”

Read the press release: https://bit.ly/3kvlkxt

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Y’all ready for the flying car?

Meet the Jetson ONE. Jetson ONE is an ultralight and extremely fun to fly recreational all-electric personal vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Test pilot: Tomasz Patan – Founder & CTO at Jetson their mission is to make the skies available for everyone with our safe personal electric aerial vehicle. Are you ready to experience a completely new and exciting way of travel?

Source: https://youtu.be/FzhREYOK0oo

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Top African tech startups have solutions to some of the continent’s pressing challenges

“Africa’s top startups presented innovative proposals to tackle water, food and land security, healthcare, urban development and engineering challenges in Africa. The two-day summit… also included expert-led sessions looking at investment, food sustainability, smart cities and villages, drone testing, image analytics, aviation policy for sustainable growth and the role of women in the aerospace industry.”

Source: https://africanews.space/africas-top-aerospace-and-remote-sensing-startups-presented-solutions-to-some-of-the-continents-pressing-challenges/

We always knew Africans could solve their own problems, but now it’s evident. The image of starving Africans is being replaced with thriving African technology centers. African Americans have the capacity to do this as well. What is the blueprint for cultivating technology innovation and incubating technology startups in marginalized communities in America?

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Science and technology parks as enablers for economic development in Africa

“The Innovation Hub – the Innovation Agency of the Gauteng Province will host the prestigious 2019 International Association of Science Parks (IASP) Africa Division Workshop, May 23 – 24, 2019, at The Innovation Hub, Tshwane, South Africa… To be hosted under the theme ‘The Role of Science and Technology Parks (STPs) and Areas of Innovation (AOIs) as enablers for economic development’, the main objective of the workshop will be to challenge practitioners from the continent to consider the economic development capacity of STPs and AoIs in Africa.”

Source: http://africasciencenews.org/the-innovation-hub-to-host-international-science-technology-parks-workshop/

It’s great that the economic development capacity of STPs and AOIs are being considered in African countries, and I’m certain many Africans will benefit economically from these types of efforts. Keep in mind, however, that as great as this appears, “economic development” has always been code for exploitation – in this case, Black genius being harvested by non-Black-owned tech companies that ultimately profit enormously from the innovations the centers produce. How can we create and support our own technology parks?

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One step closer to an African space program

“Pan African University Institute for Space Sciences to begin operation soon”

Source: https://africanews.space/the-pan-african-university-institute-for-space-sciences/

The Pan African University (PAU) Institute for Space Sciences curriculum includes Space Engineering (Satellite Engineering, Ground Segments), Space Sciences (Space Physics, Satellite Communications, Navigation and Positioning), and Space Applications (Astronomy and Earth Observations). I’d be curious to know what projects Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, North-West University, Durban University of Technology, University of Fort Hare, University of Pretoria, and University of KwaZulu-Natal have these graduate students working on. I’m sure some inner city classrooms would love to connect with these African grad students. How can we make that happen?

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Putting drones and other driverless aircraft to work

“Billions of dollars are being spent by aviation giants and aerospace startups to create driverless flying vehicles that can meet the growing need for rapid and flexible travel and delivery.”

Source: https://phys.org/news/2019-05-advancement-driverless-aircraft-future-drones.html

Drones and other driverless aircraft technology create an enormous opportunities for people in isolated communities or in remote locations in emerging countries. How can Africans worldwide access, use, and/or improve this technology to improve the lives of other Africans worldwide?

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