NASRDA is abbreviated as The National Space Research and Development Agency was established on 1 August 2001 after preparation period since in 1998 by Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo and the Nigerian government with a primary objective of establishing a “fundamental policy for the development of space science and technology” with an initial budget of $93 million.
In May 2006, the new extended national space program was adopted.
The initial scope of the Nigerian Space Program (NSP) to be implemented by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) should include:
The study of basic space science in order to lay the foundation for deriving maximum benefits from the nation’s participation in the space enterprise; For the attainment of space capabilities, Nigeria’s efforts should focus on research and rigorous education, engineering development, design and manufacture, particularly in the areas of instrumentation, rocketry and small satellites as well as in satellite data acquisition, processing, analysis and management of related software; The establishment of a national earth observation station for remote sensing and satellite meteorology data acquisition. Such an infrastructure will enhance the indigenous ability to adopt, modify and create new techniques for national resources inventories, monitoring, evaluation and management; The provision of efficient, reliable and adequate telecommunications services in Nigeria in order to enhance the growth of the industrial, commercial and administrative sectors of the economy. The focus areas of the National Space Programmed (NSP) include:
Basic Space Science and Technology to provide the understanding of how the universe works and what its impact is on the world. This will enable us to lay the foundation for deriving maximum benefits from the nation’s participation in the space enterprise.
Remote Sensing to help Nigerians understand and manage our environment and natural resources using space-acquired information. This technology will enable us to better understand our land, air and water resources and their associated problems.
Satellite Meteorology to study atmospheric and weather sciences using satellite data to facilitate the effective management of our environment.
Communication and Information Technology to provide efficient and reliable telecommunications services for Nigeria in order to enhance the growth of the industrial, commercial and administrative sectors of the economy.
Defense and Security. The Federal Government shall develop a necessary Space Science Technology (SST) programmed that will address the national needs of Nigeria. For this purpose the government shall establish a Defense Space Command in the Ministry of Defense. The Command shall comprise representatives of the defense, intelligence, security and law enforcement services and report through the Ministry of Defense to the National Space Council.
National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in April 1999 with six (6) operational centre. The Agency is charged with the mandate to consolidate all Space Science and Technology related activities in order to make a greater impact on developmental efforts in Nigeria. The National Space Research and Development Agency shall pursue the development and application of space science application and technology for the socio-economic benefits of the nation.