Centre for Space Research and Application

The Centre for Space Research and Applications (CESRA), the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria in collaboration with the African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in English (ARCSTE-E), Ile-Ife, Nigeria conducted training programmes on Satellite Tool Kit (STK) and the UNISEC Can Satellites from 6th - 9th May, 2013.

At the four days STK training programme, forty (40) participants ranging from students from the university and other institutions were in attendance. During the first two days of the training, participants learnt how to simulate satellite orbits, design and construct satellite orbits, designing of space museum and how to perform space object conjunction analysis amongst other interesting topics. During the latter two days of the programme on UNISEC Can Satellite training participants were engaged in hands-on training on how to build their own satellites, launch a small scale mission, recover and analyze data from the launched mission. Below are some pictures of the training programmes.


The objectives of the Centre are to:

carry out research in the area of remote sensing technology and GIS for sustainable development

embark on internationally competitive research on space science and technology

make meaningful contribution to the emergence of indigenous space technology

partner with the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) and her activity centres as well as with other Centres involved in space research and GIS within and outside Nigeria.


be key participant in the Federal Government’s Space Programme in order to make Nigeria relevant in space exploration and exploitation;

facilitate regular updating of the University’s digital map for facility and resource management; and

serve as a foremost centre  for training, research and consultancy services in Remote Sensing/GIS and in Space Research and Applications.