The Republic of South Africa is getting ready for the space launch of the country’s second nano-satellite. We’re talking about the Zacube-2 satellite, weighing 4 kilograms and developed by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in collaboration with the Franco-South African Institute of Technology.
The satellite is scheduled to be on orbit by July 2018 after it will be launched from India.
Just 5 days ago, on April 17th, 2018, it took place the Zacube-2 transport ceremony in India, when South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, stated that the new piece of equipment will allow South Africa to follow ships along the South African coast and to track wildfires in advance via an imaging system produced by the Scientific and Industrial Research of South Africa.
South Africa is preparing the space launch of a second nano-satellite
Zacube-2 South African satellite, which is weighing 4 kg, is sponsored by the South African Ministry of Science and Technology and is handled by the National Space Agency of South Africa (SANSA).
The Zacube-2 is the creation of the cooperation of South African government, the French Embassy in South Africa, the Paris Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Montpellier.
South Africa plans on completing its constellation of surveillance satellite
According to the official announcement, this nanosatellite is preceding whole releases of other satellites that will form a future constellation of surveillance satellites owned and controlled by the South African government.
The satellite equipment will be applied to complete the last missions of the Phakisa national development program, which is also involved in the monitoring of oceans’ ecosystems.
In conclusion, the Republic of South Africa will launch its second nanosatellite, Zacube-2, which is designed to survey the South African coast to check the oceans’ ecosystems and also to depict and track wildfires. The satellite will launch in July 2018.