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Third edition of the satellite design course starts with a focus on training in the space field

The third edition of the Design, Construction and Launching of Small Satellites (Cansat) course started this Monday, in an initiative aimed at training staff in the space field.


The present edition of the event – an initiative of the Ministry of Telecommunications, Information Technology and Social Communication, through the National Space Program Management Office (GGPEN), within the scope of the Angola ICT Forum ANGOTIC – will take place at the Instituto Superior de Tecnologias de Informação and Communication of the University of Luanda, between the 8th of May and the 14th of June, according to a communiqué from the GGPEN, which VerAngola had access to.

"This third edition of the Cansat course, to be held at the Higher Institute of Information and Communication Technologies of the University of Luanda, located in the CTT neighborhood, urban district of Rangel in Luanda, between the 8th of May and the 14th of June will feature the participation of 30 representatives from public and private universities out of a total of 15, including from the provinces of Lunda Norte, Huambo and Uíge", reads the note.

According to the statement, this training aims to "provide trainees with knowledge" about the "functions, architecture and integration of subsystems that make up a satellite, thus giving the possibility for the National Academy to be involved in projects related to Science and Aerospace Technology".

Thus, the challenge for students will be to "design, build, test, launch, operate and process the data obtained from a functional representation of a real satellite integrated into a volume of a 330 milliliter soda can (Cansat)", reads in the note.

With regard to the launch, this will be supported by a helicopter from the National Air Force. "As in 2019, the launch will have the support of a helicopter from the National Air Force (FAN) and will take place at the Special Forces Training School (EFFE) of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), located in the commune of Cabo Ledo, province Luanda", reads the note.

In addition, graduates will also benefit from two master classes with professors Robert Van Zi and Tayo Tejumola.

"During this third edition of the Angola ICT Forum Angotic 2023, participants of the aforementioned training will be awarded two master classes by internationally renowned professors in academia and the small satellite industry, Robert Van Zil (AAC Space Africa) and Tayo Tejumola (International Space University) , advances the statement.

Speaking at the opening of the third edition of the Cansat course, Gilberto Gomes, coordinator of the National Space Education Programme, admitted that, with this initiative, the country's staff will be able to enjoy their first experience in designing, building and launching small satellites, writes Angop.

Cited by Angop, the official also stressed that the transmission of knowledge aims to strengthen school and industry elements, explaining that more national staff are needed to respond to initiatives in the space field.

A Cansat corresponds to "a representation of a conventional satellite, integrated in the volume and shape of a coolant of" 330 milliliters. "The Angolan Cansat is a picosatellite built by GGPEN for educational purposes, which enables students to gain their first experience in an aerospace project", completes the GGPEN statement.


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