SA`s satellite to be launched in March
23 January 2009
SumbandilaSat, South Africa’s R26-million low-orbit satellite will be launched by a rocket from Russia’s Baikonur Comsodrome on 25 March this year, giving the country affordable access to its own space technology and data.
The satellite, which weighs 80kg and will be positioned at a height of 500km, will collect data to be used in the monitoring and management of disasters like floods, fires and oil spills in Southern Africa. It will also be able to measure temperatures at sea and land, clouds and rainfall, winds, sea levels, ice cover, vegetation cover and gases.
“Satellites assist us in understanding the earth system, in order to improve human health, safety and welfare, to protect the environment, to reduce disaster losses, and to achieve sustainable development,” said Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena when the project was first announced in late 2005.
He added that space technology was an indispensable tool for the development of South Africa and [continue reading]