The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) was established in 2010. Following a period of rapid growth and transition the agency has made significant advancements towards addressing its mandate of deriving greater value from space science and technology for the benefit of South African society.

Successful launch of Tshepiso Sat

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Congratulations on the successful launch of TshepisoSat (Code name ZA-CUBE1) - South Africa's first cubesat!

SA's first nano-satellite, code named ZACUBE-1, designed and built by Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) postgraduate students to monitor space weather, took off today from the Yasny Launch Base in Russia, on top of a RS-2OB Dnepr rocket. The tiny 1,2kg cube will travel 6-billion kilometres in space before re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere

Funded by the South African Department of Science & Technology, the nano-satellite was designed and built by CPUT postgraduate students participating in the Satellite Systems Engineering Programme at the French South African Institute of Technology (F'SATI) in Bellville, in collaboration with the South African National Space Agency (SANSA). ZACUBE-1 has also received its official licence from the South African Council for Space Affairs (SACSA) and will now be included in South Africa's national register of space assets.

ZACUBE-1 will orbit earth up to 15 times a day at an altitude of 600km. "The launch of ZACUBE-1 marks a momentous achievement in the technology landscape of this country through the development of new and necessary skills and knowledge that will play a significant part in moving us toward a sought after knowledge economy," said SANSA CEO, Dr. Sandile Malinga, who was speaking at CPUT's Bellville campus today, where students and guests witnessed the launch (at 9.10am South African time), from the Yasny launch base, located in the Orenburg Region, Russia, via a live audio-feed.

"This new satellite will enable data gathering on space weather for SANSA which is integral to the understanding and monitoring of solar activity during this period of solar maxima," he added. "This is a phenomenon that can have critical implications to the functionality of our technology and electrical power system on Earth as well as the operation of satellites."

Exploring the limitless applications of the new SPOT6 data in the South African context

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Satellite imagery is used to support public sector planning and delivery in areas such as agriculture, human settlements, infrastructure development, and environmental monitoring and conservation. In line with its vision to be a leader in ensuring that satellite Earth observation data benefits society, the environment, the economy and the global community through products and services; research and application development; science advancement and human capital development, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is in the process of acquiring SPOT 6 Imagery for South African users.

Spot data has in the past proven to be a valuable data set for the local users and decision makers. However, there is a constant need to further leverage this and other valuable data sets and extend their use in decision making processes in the country. The new technologically enhanced SPOT 6 high-resolution satellite has been qualified by the European Space Agency (ESA) to take part in the Copernicus Earth observation program which showcases the recognition of this satellite and its capability.

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