Build space technologies to solve flood, galamsey – Aerospace Engineer
Prof Wayne Scales, an Aerospace Engineer, Virginia Tech, United States, has encouraged Ghana to assemble space innovations to take care of natural issues like flooding and galamsey going up against the country.
He said the space weather conditions are fierce at the equator, north and south pole with radioactive particles which adversely influence not just “our Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite television but brings about disturbances in rainfall below the equator.”
The scientist was conveying a public talk on the point: “The effects of space weather on global navigation satellite systems such as GPS and remote sensing applications,” at the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI) in Accra.
The GPS is a US-claimed utility that furnishes clients with positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) administrations.
Talking in a meeting with some media houses, he said Ghana was among nations in sub-Saharan Africa that didn’t have satisfactory instruments to quantify the space climate and emerge with prescient advances that would settle difficulties the space weather conditions presented.
“At this time there are not a lot of instruments to make measurements of the space environment and Ghana has a great opportunity to be innovative and develop new technologies to be able to detect the turbulence in space and control its effects.” Prof Scales said.
He said the advancements would support the country’s aeronautics business by illuminating the actions to embrace in safeguarding airplanes and recognizing the beginning stages of floodwaters and new channels to coordinate the water.
Such advancements would likewise distinguish galamsey exercises without sending troops to do the observation. Prof Wayne Scales said with the right foundation set up, Ghana could prepare students in space climate and advancements with the colleges assuming a significant part.
Dr. Kwaku Aning, Board Chair of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), said space innovation is quite possibly of the main innovation and that it was significant Ghana fostered some to oversee agriculture, cultivation, desertification, and battle the galamsey threat.
He said Ghana didn’t possess a satellite in space and that those satellites producing information in space for Ghana were leased ones.
” Ghana does not have a satellite in space, Nigeria has her own and there are certain data you don’t want to put in the public domain. You rent or pay a satellite company you share the data with and depending on what you are doing with it could be dangerous,” the Board Chair said.