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.

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.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology launches South Africa's first cube satellite

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The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is set to make history with the launch of South Africa's first CubeSat, a type of nano-satellite, ZACUBE-1.


The launch is set for 21 November 2013 at 09:10:11 (South African Time), atop an RS-2OB rocket (Dnepr) at the Yasny launch base in Russia.
Running on the same amount of the power as a 5-watt bulb, ZACUBE-1 carries a high-frequency beacon that will be used to study the propagation of radio waves through the ionosphere, providing valuable space weather data to the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) Space Science Directorate. It will orbit Earth up to 15 times a day at an altitude of 600km.

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