Manuel Ntumba, the rising star in quantum computing and space robotics

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Manuel Ntumba, of Togolese origin, 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. Several of his research publications got featured on Harvard (SAO) – NASA Astrophysics Data System. His research publications also got featured on many other renowned platforms including NewsBreak, the Top 1 News Platform in the United States, with over 30 million users.

In May 2021, He was appointed Regional Partnership Manager for Africa 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. He is also 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 to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). 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 also met with the Minister of communication and the Government Spokesperson of Togo, Prof. Akodah Ayewouadan, to discuss potential space capabilities and potential applications of satellite technologies in Togo and other African 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. Manuel Ntumba was a guest speaker at the « International Symposium on Space Science » co-organized by ICESCO (Morocco) and the Space Foundation (United States). 

The conference included renowned speakers from around the world such as NASA Astronauts, Executives from the European Space Agency, Executives from private space companies, Government Diplomats including His Excellency Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra, who is a former Prime Minister of Mali, a former Chairman of Microsoft-Africa, and a former Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory based in California, United States.

Manuel Ntumba is an Ambassador on Space Mission and Systems Design (MSD) for Open Cosmos, a private space company based in Oxford, United Kingdom. He is also a member of the Planetary Society based in California, United States. Until May 2021, Manuel Ntumba was a member of the Lunar Commerce and Economics Working Group of the Moon Village Association based in Vienna, Austria. 

Until June 2021, He was also a member of the Astrophysics Division and the Group on Energy Research and Applications (GERA) of the American Physical Society (APS) based in Maryland, United States. Recently, Manuel Ntumba was selected to participate in the 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Dubai next October, where he will present two of his research works on space communication and navigation systems, optical satellite communication, quantum photonic communication configuration, and integrated space robotic systems for Earth, Moon and Mars missions. 

The IAC Congress will bring together more than 4000 participants from all over the world, including the World’s Top Experts, Policy Makers, Executives, and Entrepreneurs in the global space industry as well as Government Diplomats. The IAC Congress is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) based in Paris, France.

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