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Ground Receiving Station Vital To National Development-Siame

The Republic Of Zambia
Ministry of Higher Education

 

LUSAKA, Friday, April 16th, 2021 – Government says the construction of the Ground Receiving Station (GRS), under the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), being constructed in Chisamba District, is critical to the overall development of the country.

Ministry of Higher Education Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame says the station is important for issues of national security as well as other products and services that can be utilized once access to information through the remote serving applications standards are established.

Ms. Siame said this when she visited the Ground Receiving Site in Chisamba District today.

She stated that it is undisputed that for any nation to record any meaningful socio-economic development, there is need to embed the adoption and application of Science, Technology and Innovation in the development agenda.

The Permanent secretary also noted that the establishment of the GRS will ensure that Zambia advances in the research and development of specialized areas of space science, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

“Without data, you can’t develop, you can’t have projects, you can’t focus. You continue relying on data that you have to buy at a very high cost,” she said.

“You continue to rely on data that exposes the country to aspects of security and so on, “ Ms Siame added.
Ms Siame thanked AVIC International (Zambia) Limited for the patience and understanding exhibited during the difficult times of the project.
And AVIC Project Site Manager Steve Yang thanked Government for the hard work put in the project so far.

L-R Cecilia Phiri-Special Assistant to the PS, Kondwani Mutelekesha-Ast. Director Planning and Information, PS Kayula Siame, AVIC Project Site Manager-Steve Yang, Mrs Jane Chinkusu-Dir. Science and Technology

The ground receiving station, ground station, earth station, or earth terminal is a terrestrial radio station designed for extra-planetary telecommunication with spacecraft (constituting part of the ground segment of the spacecraft system), or reception of radio waves from astronomical radio sources.

Ground Stations are required to receive (in real-time), process and extract information from the imagery collected by Earth Observation satellites. The GRS designated for Zambia is one that will be located on the surface of the earth.

Issued by:
Public Relations Office
Ministry of Higher Education
Lusaka.

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