The Informatics Development Institute (IDI) is a not-for-profit company,
established in Ireland, with the mission of furthering the global development of
both information and communications technologies, and researching their
socio-economic impact. The mission is the provision of
cost-effective communications for remote regions of developing countries.
In 1999 the IDI secured European Commission backing for a communications
network project, entitled TRINET, targeted at developing countries in Africa.
Current partners are located in Ghana, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and use a
low-earth-orbiting satellite (LEOSAT) for store-and-forward email communication
using amateur packet radio technology, and internet email gateways in developed
The management summary of the final report can be
obtained on request as a 7 page PDF file.
We are seeking to contact other interested parties in order to prepare
proposals for a continuation of TRINET. If you can offer technology expertise in
the area of low-cost satellite communications, please download the report
summary above and then contact us for further discussions.
For updated information please visit:
Email info at InformaticsDevelopmentInstitute dot net
or if that's too long to type, we have a shortcut:
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University for Science and Technology Bulawayo
Contact: Clement Dzidonu
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Accra, Ghana
Contact: Professor W S Alhassan Director-General
National Agricultural Research Organisation, Entebbe, Uganda
Contact: Professor Joseph Mukiibi Director-General
Copperbelt University, Kitwe, Zambia
Contact: Dr John Lungu
One of the training sessions during the TRINET Workshop, held in
Copperbelt University, Kitwe, ZAMBIA, in October 2001. Mr. Tom Fallon from IDI/Dublin
Institute of Technology is on the right. The attendees are from CSIR (Ghana),
NARO (Uganda), NUST (Zimbabwe), and CBU (Zambia).
The AMSAT website has amateur satellite data and the keplers
are updated at:
On celestrak.com you can get the keps
for almost everything that flies at http://www.celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/
Posat Two-Line-Elements (TLE keps) can be downloaded in http://www.celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/amateur.txt
Healthsat keps are at http://www.celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/x-comm.txt
and there you will find "Healthsat 1". It is incorrectly labeled but object
22827 is HS-2.
Not related to the above, but for general interest, the NASA
website tracks the shuttle and other famous satellites at http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/RealTime/JTrack/Spacecraft.html
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