The Director of the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI) of GAEC, Professor Dickson Adomako, has disclosed that the Radio Astronomy Observatory at Kuntunse, a suburb of Accra is set to provide jobs for graduates in the areas of Space Science and Technology for the next 50 years.

The Radio Astronomy Observatory was inaugurated in August 2017. It is mainly for research into Earth’s solar system and space in general

Speaking on the importance of the radio telescope to Ghana, he indicated that the facility will help boost activities in the areas of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Engineering, Scientific tourism and Astronomy.

He added that the facility would also help students to effectively participate in Global research.

Prof. Adomako disclosed that, Ghana would soon embark on a mega space science project that will create employment for thousands of Ghanaians in the areas of Space Science and Technology. The project according to him is to be started in the year 2022 and expected to last for a period of 50 years.

“The project is to build three thousand (3000) smaller telescopes at 50 newly created base stations where it will be operated”, he added.

Responding to issues of safety, the GSSTI boss said that there is no cause for alarm since the facility receives signals that are not harmful to the public.

He advised students to take up Courses in Space Science and Technology at pure science-based universities such as the graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS), in order to tap into the employment opportunities to be created.

He stressed that the project will provide employment opportunities in the areas of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Mechanical Engineering as well as Software Chain Engineering which students must consider pursuing.

By: Thykingdom Kudesey / Office of Corporate and Public Affairs (OCPA) – GAEC

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