Top 100 Aerospace and Aviation Professionals to Follow on LinkedIn 2021: 51. Manuel Ntumba

51. Manuel Ntumba

Regional Partnership Manager @UN SGAC-United Nations Programme on Space Applications | Geospatial Expert | Inventor | Strategist | SDGs 2030 | Agenda 2063, Space Generation Advisory Council

Manuel Ntumba

Average Post Engagement: 40

Country:

Togo

What I use Linkedin for:

I use Linkedin to connect and interact with my colleagues. I also use Linkedin to promote and support the global visibility of the members of Tod’Aérs – Transparent Organization for Aeronautics and Space Research and other experts in the space and geospatial industries.

Number of Followers:

9,103

Industry:

Space Studies, Geospatial Applications and Global Sustainable Development

 

Who am I:

Manuel Ntumba is Regional Partnership Manager at United Nations’ Space Generation Advisory Council (UN SGAC) – United Nations Programme on Space Applications, affiliated to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) based in Vienna, Austria. Manuel Ntumba is among the World’s Top Experts, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs, selected from around the globe by US-based XPRIZE FOUNDATION, to propose breakthroughs to overcome the world’s biggest challenges. Manuel Ntumba is also an Expert on Geospatial Information and Earth Observation for the European Union.

He is Co-founder of Tod’Aérs – Transparent Organization for Aeronautics and Space Research, a multinational organization promoting Global Sustainable Development through Research in Geospatial and Space Studies – in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Manuel Ntumba was the awardee of the 2018 Togolese Government Excellence Fellowship in Space Studies. For the past two years, He worked with renowned researchers and professors from Asia, Canada, and Europe. He patented several inventions in fields including satellite telecommunications, space engineering, quantum technology, artificial intelligence and marine technology.

What I do:

Manuel Ntumba recently launched the Mandela Satellite Initiative (MandelaSat Initiative), which in January 2022 will bring together entrepreneurs, experts and researchers from around the world, especially from the global geospatial and space industries to collaborate on small satellites missions for developing countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, South America and the Caribbean. This initiative aims to support the United Nations efforts on space applications in developing countries.

Manuel Ntumba is currently working on ODRiSat, an optical data relay inter-satellite system, in collaboration with researchers from India and Europe. The inter-satellite system ODRiSat comprises nine (9) cube-satellites, which are expected to be launched into low earth orbit (LEO) by 2023. These nine (9) cube-satellites may include national satellites of some developing countries. One of the nine cube-satellites, ODRiSat-1, which is the brain of the inter-satellite system, requires an advanced quantum photonic configuration invented by Manuel Ntumba. To limit the number of satellites used, Manuel Ntumba proposed to connect the inter-satellite system ODRiSat to several atmospheric drones, which will require the same advanced quantum photonic configuration invented by Manuel Ntumba, to achieve data processing and transmission at almost real-time with the cube-satellites in low earth orbit (LEO). With this configuration, the inter-satellite system ODRiSat, will make it possible to provide Earth observation services and Satellite Internet Access services in remote areas, especially for developing countries, using a very specific number of satellites.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I usually share posts about Tod’Aérs – Transparent Organization for Aeronautics and Space Research, is a multinational organization promoting Global Sustainable Development through Research in Geospatial and Space Studies – in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Tod’Aérs brings together researchers, university professors, professionals, experts, innovators, company executives, government diplomats and entrepreneurs to collaborate on sustainable research projects. Tod’Aérs currently has members from all continents: Europe, America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Oceania; including countries such as France, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, United States, United Arab Emirates, India, Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Togo, Algeria, Luxembourg, Australia, and many more.

Who I follow on Linkedin

The first person I followed when I created my Linkedin account was Prof. Moriba Jah, one of the World’s Top astrodynamicists and space scientists of the 21st century. He is a former NASA engineer and is currently a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. The fact that He is of African origin, has inspired me to pursue a career in the space industry and to always make sure to be among the best in my field. My friends and colleagues use to call me “Moriba Jah Junior”, because I read each one of the Linkedin posts of Prof. Moriba and I watched on Youtube, all the videos of his past speeches. For me, He is the role model when it comes to space sustainability.

 

“The first person I followed when I created my Linkedin account was Prof. Moriba Jah, one of the World’s Top astrodynamicists and space scientists of the 21st century. He is a former NASA engineer and is currently a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. The fact that He is of African origin, has inspired me to pursue a career in the space industry and to always make sure to be among the best in my field. My friends and colleagues use to call me “Moriba Jah Junior”, because I read each one of the Linkedin posts of Prof. Moriba and I watched on Youtube, all the videos of his past speeches. For me, He is the role model when it comes to space sustainability.” – Manuel

Moriba Jah

Astrodynamicist | Space Environmentalist | TED Fellow | Global Space Evangelist | Professor | Spacecraft Navigator, The University of Texas at Austin

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