SA READIES LATEST OCEAN-WATCHING SATELLITE FOR LAUNCH

by BelandaMay 30, 2018

Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will unveil South Africa’s most sophisticated satellite on Tuesday ahead of its launch in India in July.

The nanosatellite, dubbed ZACUBE-2, was developed by Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the French South African Institute of Technology as a follow-up to the previous nanosatellite, ZACUBE-1, which was launched from Yasny Launch Base in Russia.

At 4kg, ZACUBE-2 is significantly heavier than ZACUBE-1, which weighed 1.2kg. It is the fourth satellite which SA has launched.

Its dimensions are also larger than ZACUBE-1 at 10cm x 10cm x 30cm and it will circle Earth 550km up in a polar orbit.

Source: https://www.news24.com/Green/News/sa-readies-latest-ocean-watching-satellite-for-launch-20180417

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