South Africa, the satellite industry has taken another step forward as a player in the international arena with the launch of two South African built nanosatellites from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
By the way it is to mention that South Africa is the second African country for business.
18 April 2017 two nanosatellites, ‘nSight1’ designed and manufactured by Cape Town-based SCS Space, a member of the SCS Aerospace Group and ‘ZA-Aerosat’ designed and manufactured by CubeSpace of the Stellenbosch University, have been launched as part of a batch totaling 28 nanosatellites from 23 different countries.
What is this project about?
This satellite project is a joint investment by SCS Aerospace Group and Pinkmatter Solutions who supplied the ground segment software.
The satellites are part of something bigger: the QB50 project, funded by the European Union and managed by the von Karman Institute to conduct research in the lower thermosphere between 200km to 380km altitude.
Nanosatellites: what is the purpose of this project?
The data collected from this experiment over a period of 18 months will be used to complement current atmospheric models especially applicable to reentry trajectories of spacecraft. All the nanosatellites will eventually burn up at the end of their operational lifetimes.
SCS Space is a subsidiary of the SCS Aerospace Group, Africa’s largest privately owned satellite concern.