Volume 4, Issue 1, March 2019, Page: 25-31
Space Technology, an Essential Infrastructure for Rural Area Development
Onuh Spencer Ojogba, Centre for Satellite Technology Development, National Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria
Aiyeola Sikiru Yommy, Centre for Satellite Technology Development, National Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria
Tofade Temidayo Christopher, Centre for Satellite Technology Development, National Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria
Linda Ojone Adesina, Centre for Satellite Technology Development, National Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria
Received: Jan. 14, 2019;       Accepted: Mar. 1, 2019;       Published: Mar. 21, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajere.20190401.13      View  804      Downloads  187
Abstract
Over the past five decades, space technology has been regarded as either the dream and future of mankind or an endeavor of the Cold War space race. Neither of these views is relevant today. The essential role space serves today is that it is a critical infrastructure for the world. Space is no longer the “big boys club”. Today, about 60 countries own and operate at least one satellite, and almost everyone benefits from the services these satellites provide. Space technology has become an indispensable infrastructure on which everyone relies. Space technology has the capabilities to provide information vital for the environment, education, food security, public health, water resource management, human rights, disaster relief and nuclear security. Services derived from this technology not only improve the efficiency and effectiveness of many terrestrial activities but also provide much of the information and understanding needed to prevent and mitigate a variety of risks. Space-based technologies are embraced in developing countries and some of the applications are rooted in education. This was not so in the past, as the technologies were considered ancillary tools for only wealthy nations. Space technology includes the spacecraft otherwise known as satellite, space stations, other supporting infrastructure, equipment, and procedures. The development of space technology can play significant roles in the development of rural areas in Nigeria. The areas of application include, education, telemedicine, agriculture, and communication. This paper focuses on the use of space technology in the development of rural areas.
Keywords
Space Technology, Infrastructure, Telemedicine, Agriculture, Communication, Rural Areas
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Onuh Spencer Ojogba, Aiyeola Sikiru Yommy, Tofade Temidayo Christopher, Linda Ojone Adesina, Space Technology, an Essential Infrastructure for Rural Area Development, American Journal of Environmental and Resource Economics. Vol. 4, No. 1, 2019, pp. 25-31. doi: 10.11648/j.ajere.20190401.13
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