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Nigeria’s Role in Space, its Technological Future and Local Content Law applied within the “Necessitated Doctrine to Militarily Advance”

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Nigeria’s Role in Space, its Technological Future and Local Content Law applied within the “Necessitated Doctrine to Militarily Advance”

By Ebisike Ebube George

It’s evident as of today that Nigeria is no infant on the global scene. It has competent space minded scientist at home (rather unknown to many) and acting based on the local content law applied to space research should empower these innovateurs whom as deemed necessary should and could work closely with NASDRA/Presidency to re-invent the machinery to equip us for our future presence far beyond the 3,174km time dilation region in space where the effects of speed and gravity cancel out, consequently making the astronaut(s) nano seconds younger!!

 

Nigeria’s local artisans, machinists, technologist and scientists in and out of the academic environs need to be documented and sustainably empowered to pursue technological frontiers, experiments and/or inventions needed to move us forward on earth as it will propel us through space, far across the solar system and beyond our galaxy in order to make pertinent discoveries that can help preserve our species from extinction, advance our collective commercial and military might, as also collectively that of the Nigeria state while it aids us to impact tangibly and competitively on the global market-economy.

 


 

“If you are successful in connecting Mars One with one or more of them we can always come to an official collaboration.”

-Bas Lansdorp, M.Sc, Co-Founder & CEO, MARS ONE: Friday, June 3rd, 2014 7:35am

 

It is noteworthy to share that the reference to “them” above is to non other than “Nigeria and/or its state actors” and these very rare words of Bas Lansdorp were communicated clearly to the Creative Director of the NIGERIA Eco-Racing Team 2015, me and 2 other team members (Dan Mba & Tobenna Okoli) at our Lagos base as we met to continued design work usually in the early hours of the day on their 9JABOLT Solar Car project due at the World Solar Challenge 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.

 

Their tech project has gains for the auto industry, as also aerospace and military applications. The message expressed the important role open to Nigeria, (the continent’s 170+ million strong population with a $510 billion(USD)+ rated and growing economy-currently Africa’s 2nd fastest and largest) and its democratically elected leadership.

 

Nigeria’s position on the global stage and in interstellar matters is not in doubt to tech futurologist like the conservative Bas, even after our countless years of meandering and de-constructing our earlier nascent S&T cum R&D infrastructure inflicted upon us by the intervention and backwardness of military rule and the half-baked and scientifically unconscious leaders of Nigeria’s sordid last 50 years.

 

More recently H.E. Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR,(GEJ) made a rare public declaration and comment only documented by the New Telegraph Newspaper that just came into the competitive Nigeria media space in mid 2013. The Nigeria President echoed “Only the PDP can take the country to the Moon and create jobs for our young people” at the Unity Rally in Enugu, South Eastern, Nigeria on April 11th, 2014. Was this PhD scholar turned politician at the time reading any of the several memoirs of Uncle Sam’s past leaders or……..what?! Either way GEJ’s speech was very similar to another very rare one recorded by history and made precisely 52year earlier on Sept.12th, 1962 by the then American President John F. Kennedy(JFK) in Houston, Texas USA and famously dubbed the “Rice Moon Speech”.

 

The JFK Moon vision was hinged topmost on his second term manifesto and agenda to get re-elected before his unfortunate assassination by Harvey Oswald.

 

The strategic plan finally landed American astronauts- Niel Armstrong(first set foot) and Buzz Aldrin (whose mother’s maiden name was “Moon”) both of the famed Apollo mission to the lunar surface’s Sea of Tranquillity” on July 21st, 1969 and saw them overtake Russia in the space race during the near half a century cold war.

 

Historically Nigeria missed out on several other remarkable rendezvous with space and its actors of development in such instances as building of the International space station(ISS) et al and today the Mars One mission(s) due in 2024 offers hope for S&T learning, collaboration and advancements for all partners and Nigeria must seize this opportunity in all its ramifications.

 

Note that between Time Magazine pages 18-23, the Jeffrey Kluger story of Aug.20th, 2012 edition clearly documented the distant 248 million km, 254day journey of success of NASA’s 1-ton SUV sized US$2.5 billion “Curiosity Rover” scouring the Martian (Red) surface for signs of carbon, methane, organic fingerprints and every piece of data processable, archived and relayed back to mission control at the Jet Propulsion Lab in California, USA. Paragraph six of the Time Mars story in reference to the USA stated “a country that can’t get its roads and bridges fixed at home actually has infrastructure on Mars” whilst another eight probes were to follow and have been commissioned to explore-the moon, Mercury,  Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, the asteroid Ceres and the interstellar void beyond the planets.

 

It’s evident as of today that Nigeria is no infant on the global scene. It has competent space minded scientist at home (rather unknown to many) and acting based on the local content law applied to space research should empower these innovateurs whom as deemed necessary should and could work closely with NASDRA/Presidency to re-invent the machinery to equip us for our future presence far beyond the 3,174km time dilation region in space where the effects of speed and gravity cancel out, consequently making the astronaut(s) nano seconds younger!!

 

Nigeria’s local artisans, machinists, technologist and scientists in and out of the academic environs need to be documented and sustainably empowered to pursue technological frontiers, experiments and/or inventions needed to move us forward on earth as it will propel us through space, far across the solar system and beyond our galaxy in order to make pertinent discoveries that can help preserve our species from extinction, advance our collective commercial and military might, as also collectively that of the Nigeria state while it aids us to impact tangibly and competitively on the global market-economy.

 

The Nigeria Military infrastructure needs to meticulously develop a S&T, R&D and space program which will sustainably deliver and cultivate a retinue of multi-disciplined scientists into its workforce fleet and attract cutting-edge collaborative partnerships.

 

The Nigeria Armed forces has to operate a doctrine that fosters research into the development of indigenous know-how which possesses disruptive capabilities and therefore will see it become a contributor to advancements in all and new area of military practise! Its glory days at ECOMOG are past and there is a need for its leadership and military scholars to unlearn the old schematic, whilst embracing the new design thinking and defence world order elements.

 

This elements are the intelligence gathering nodes and patterns that would in a big picture have alerted our Sandhurst trained men of arms to scientifically prognosticate the possibility and the berthing of an insurgency within our porous borders.

 

The socio-political changes on the African continent which should have been read given the involvement of the West and its allies in Libya and Iraq in the last 14years culminating at the time in the death of Saddam Hussein and his regime, leading therefore to the dispersal of the remnants of his militant forces whose origin is the Maghreb.

 

The coming of the renegade AZAWAD State a pre-ISIS contraption in African desert region which had been clamouring for statehood and attained weaponised inspiration from the Osama Bin Laden led AI’Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Also the Malian political debacle that was foiled by France, the Arab Spring, emergence of Al’shabab in East Africa and ultimately the CIA report that identified Nigeria’s fractious ethnic equation and its likely outcome based on variables showing the nation was on the brink of disintegration and that poverty and political brinksmanship would fuel its ember in due course.

 

Today the Nigerian military needs to build a philia for advanced intelligence gathering, infiltration and building of super machines. The world’s greatest military and their intelligence apparatus are all uber machine learning, AI, self-autonomy, robotics, software and mechatronics complaint networks and they even have a place for innovation junkies in their ranks! In today’s cybersecurity conscious world there is huge military data stored in the iCloud which heavily fire walled as well as we are at the dawn of Moon Computing.

 

Also man in the next eight years according to Astrophysicist and Best-Selling Author Dr. Michio Kaku is set to become a “2 planet species”!

 

 

Let’s take a close-up of Bas Lansdorp, he made a fortune from his Ampyx Power enterprise which is a worldclass technologically driven corporation based in the Netherlands from which he sold shares to launch the $6billion(USD) Mars One Mission Project- a space non-profit organisation centred with establishing the earliest sustainable colony of four astronauts on Mars by 2024 earlier than the revolutionary, globally institutionalised, record breaking and setting NASA.

 

Mars One’s astronauts will never return! Its has been described by Islam’s Dubai MUFTI as a haram project and placed a fatwa banning all muslim participation.

 

Furthermore the coming of Tesla’s Elon Musk, particularly his SpaceX, the recently testflight challenged Virgin Galactica and Google amongst others has revolutionised space travel forever.

 

The bit about the Mars One Mission being a BIG BROTHER show is true, only it is often played down because this will be the most dangerous manned mission ever carried out by our civilisation, recorded within our immediate solar system and within our know galactic vastdom measuring over hundreds of billions of light years.

 

The SETI program is still on. It would be intriguing to see the Presidency of Nigeria in an out-of-the-norm scenario make concerted effort to explore and engage Team NIGERIA, the MARS One CEO and his crew with a view to supporting this huge leap for mankind on behalf of our nation’s space faring future, this would be a great tech awakening and pacesetter for the African continent!

 

 

Bas Lansdorp was in the company of two of its prime Mars One candidates on the 10year long astronaut training and they are Maggie Lieu, the 24 year old STEMnet outreacher, geocacher, dreamer and PhD, Astrophysics student of the University of Birmingham (she aims to be the first woman to give birth on Mars) and Ryan McDonald another super brainiac whom you need to read up on as well!

 

They are both British. They appeared on BBC’s GMT Monday Show of 16th February, 2015 taking question on the expected and unseen scientific outcomes of their future mission.

 

Mars One has released into the public domain the names of the 100 top candidates in its program.

 

Another of the mission’s candidate to watch out for the is Australian conservationist Korum Ellis.

 

More Nigerian youths beyond Nigeria’s Eco-Racing Team members should yearn to pursue astronaut training and space faring and/or work to be candidates of Mars One and/or other space related programs in the near future and even the Nigerian military desperately needs an space observatory to broaden its understanding of the man and the universe and should send one of its own on space faring missions to acquire useful data for the S&T good of the state.

 

It should launch its own programs dedicated to develop its multi intelligence satellite network and also launch missions into space, carry out space walks and ensure it equipment is wholly built by its indigenous software & hardware engineers, scientists and machinists.

 

The Doctrine of scientific perfection comes with failure just as the NASA Ranger 1-6 failed and they got it right with Ranger 7 and there has to be financial and monomaniacal political will to succeed. Just ask Obama whom has slashed NASA spending, gotten praise for recent success as “Curiosity on Mars” but has been criticised for lack of a proper plan for a Mars manned landing. The American space push stuck to a goal at all times, and four Administrations -inclusive of Einsenhower who created NASA and six congresses led to its persistent successes, this was the momentum JFK inherited.

 

 

Furthermore, “Nigeria Gets Local Content Law for Power Sector, Others!” was the title that made the cover story of the Guardian Feb.23rd, 2015. This Local Content Law defines clearly the prioritisation of employment of Nigerian workers in virtually all scenarios, application and adoption of indigenous technologies, know-how, scientific processes and the prioritisation of Nigerian Consultants in the delivery of projects, scenarios of employment, bids and other commercial activities within the economy which would otherwise have been contracted to expertraite firms.

 

This Law is a remarkable step in future-proofing, enhancing competent expertise and empowering our teeming and trainable workforce as well as shielding the economy from losses to alien interests, capital flight and a thriving of foreign expertise here.

 

Nigeria’s lack of the foresight to sustainably protect our economic space by promoting, home based tech growth, compulsory technology transfer and the important culture of applying scientific methodology in the discharge of our duties in diverse industries has shackled us and by our own making.

 

It is not hard to infer that such foreign invasion and our thrilling consumerism culture has opened us up to all forms of economic sabotage inclusive of data espionage, our criminal non-competitiveness, our inability to diversify our economy from depreciating fossil fuels, the death of S&T as well as R&D and the power and educational system which even culminated in our further inability to systematically breed a first world economy thriving on scientific discovery, Innovation, disruption and natural competitiveness, therefore we created a decrepit lag in our national mechanism.

 

 

We have to reverse this lacklusture economic trend cum mannerism and embrace bigdata management, critical design thinking, STEM Evangelism and Result Engineering especially at a point where we have lost over 47% of our Oil based revenue to market force brought on us by yet again new global changes as also S&T innovations…..remember America and now Britain are Fracking Oil, there is the growing Renewable Energy market, the Biofuels and ethanol boom in Brazil, Solar Farms in the California and Nevada deserts and there is Shale gas being extracted by the yankees! Nigeria needs a broad legacy system that will accommodate and cultivate a sustainable teaching and learning of S&T in indigenous languages so as to ensure the study and discipline is imbibed passionately by the learners just like Russia, Germany, China,  India, Korea et al teach science in their native languages.

 

After 100years of political ignominy and ethnocentricism, the coming of a six year Military reforming Insurgency and strong forward thinking population of millennials there is a need to overhaul the thinking in the system and undertake a doctrine of national unity at all sincere costs that will necessitate that Nigeria evolves the political instrument, the backing of the people, the provision of the most basic needs and meeting up the MDGs, source and earmark the funding of extensive S&T, STEM cum Space R&D. We must elevate our public educational ecosystems and its value chain through the ranks to meritocratically pursue inclusion, capture, nurture, reward and advance talent of all ethnic origins.

 

President Obama at a february 2015 townhall meeting has acquiesced to the coming of a future US President Rodriguez! Talk about national thinking in the realm of the future continuous progress beyond race, creed etc.!

 

Our journey to true independence and global influence lies with us all, as also the leadership, institutions that thrive on precision, job creation, real time data mangement, seeking informed arguments for policy development, rule of law, meticulously documenting information, evolving a strategy and developing a forensic accessible records system and methodology of replicating an environ for startups & entrepreneurs, achieve continuum through to a succession plan, birth open source mindedness, practise intense human capital impact investing that leads to innovation, invention and disruption for the positive scientific actualisation of the Nigeria state.

 

And yes! Science & Space are expensive ventures which must be benchmarked in our budget, centred around a goal because in the final analysis it creates jobs. NASA’s expenditure is in the range of US$15billion per year and is 0.47% of total federal budget whilst defence is about $716 billion or 18.9% of budget. NASA’s research pays economic dividends as the (Mars) “Curiosity program employed 7,000 high-tech workers in 50 states of the USA says Head of the Science Directorate John Grunsfeld at the agency.

 

With a strong and teeming Nigeria workforce itching for engagement and employment this is a model for Nigeria to borrow and strategically replicate in a minimum 30 year plan as it can employ over 3,000,000 workers and take us to first worldom.

 

Ebisike Ebube George is an Engineer, a Scientist, innovator, Futurist and the Creative Director of the NIGERIA Eco-Racing Team 2015, inventors of 9JABOLT Solar Car project due at the World Solar Challenge 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.



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