The Space Science Technology Laboratory of All Nations University (ANU-SSTL) was established in February 2012 following a workshop held by Electronics & Communications Engineering Department at the University. This workshop organized as part of ANU’s celebration of a decade of innovation, excellence and quality higher education, was the first of its kind in Ghana and attracted University scholars, researchers, government workers and among many others
To promote and build human capacity in the area of Space Science and Satellite Technology through innovative research and development of educative projects to impact our society and Africa as a whole.
SSTL objectives are as follows:
SSTL objectives are as follows: Our activities incorporate educative space science and technology projects that enable the integration and collaboration among engineering and science careers, as well as encouraging team work of vast value.
The first step in the establishment of educational projects was the CANSAT programme. CANSAT is a small “satellite”, with all components, such as sensors, actuators, and GPS, housed inside a 500-ml Can. CANSAT provides an affordable opportunity for educators and students to acquire basic knowledge of space engineering and to experience engineering challenges in building a satellite.
A CANSAT is launched by an amateur rocket or balloon and released to an altitude of few hundreds of meters. The CANSAT project gave the students practical training in the development of an educational satellite and students were able to conceptualize the mission, plan and design as well as build and test their products on the ground, operate and improve iteratively their CANSAT prototypes.