- The US SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched on Saturday flew over Nigeria's airspace on its way to Space Station
- Nigeria's aviation minister, Hadi Sirika, shared the video of the rocket as it reportedly flew over Nigeria's airspace
- SpaceX launch is the first of American astronauts from US soil since the space shuttle program ended in 2011
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The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said the United States' SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched on Saturday, May 30, into space flew over Nigeria’s airspace on its way to Space Station.
In a video by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) posted on the minister’s Twitter page on Monday, June 1, a commentator could be heard saying the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket flew over Nigeria’s airspace.
“SpaceX just flew over Nigeria on its way to the Space Station,” Sirika said on Twitter on Monday night.
“Future Aviation coming closer!”
Two veteran NASA astronauts, obert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, headed for the International Space Station on Saturday after Elon Musk’s SpaceX became the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit, ushering in a new era in space travel.
Legit.ng gathers that the SpaceX launch is the first of American astronauts from US soil since the space shuttle program ended in 2011 and the first crewed flight ever by a private company.
In another report, the federal government has imposed a fine of N1million on a United Kingdom aircraft impounded last week for undertaking illegal commercial operations in Nigeria during the COVID-19 lockdown.
This was disclosed by the minister of aviation, Senator Sirika, via micro-blogging site, Twitter.
The impounded aircraft and detained crew of British operator, Flairjet, were found to have violated Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations.
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Sirika, a trained pilot and former senator from Katsina state, said the maximum penalty for each of the infractions was N500,000, totalling N1 million.
His words: “We caused them to pay and reported their callous misdemeanour to the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), MFA and the UK High Commission.”
The minister had earlier announced that Flairjet was caught making illegal commercial operations in Nigeria, after being given permission to carry out humanitarian services which were only allowed after the airspace was shut to commercial services.
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