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Official send-off for SA satellite
16 May 2018, This Week's Editor's Pick, News

In a ceremony held in mid-April, the minister of science and technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, gave an official send-off to South Africa’s second nanosatellite, which has been transported to India ahead of its 18 July launch date.

ZACUBE-2, described as the most advanced on the continent, will provide cutting-edge remote sensing and communication services to South Africa and the region. The 4 kg satellite was developed by the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI) at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

F’SATI is a French South African postgraduate institute for teaching, research and development with two nodes – one at Tshwane University of Technology and one at CPUT. The project was funded by the department of science and technology (DST), and managed by the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), in close cooperation with the University of Montpellier, the French Embassy and the Paris Chamber of Commerce.

The primary mission objective of ZACUBE-2 is to demonstrate vessel-tracking services in the South African Exclusive Economic Zone in support of the Oceans Economy component of Operation Phakisa. Operation Phakisa is intended to fast-track the implementation of the National Development Plan.

The 10 x 10 x 30 cm satellite will track vessels along South Africa’s coasts, with its automatic identification system (AIS) payload providing information on their position, speed and registration. The AIS will also proactively detect forest fires through an imager payload developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

CPUT adopted Operation Phakisa as a key focus area, specifically using research and technology to innovate for marine protection and governance. The university has agreements with both the DST and the department of environmental affairs for the development of nano-satellite-based solutions for Operation Phakisa.

In June 2016, the university launched its Research Chair in Oceans Economy, cementing its overall contribution to Operation Phakisa. ZACUBE-2 is a precursor to a constellation of nanosatellites that will be developed to facilitate South African marine domain awareness. This will support international maritime communications, from the current AIS to the evolving VHF Data Exchange Service.

Speaking at the send-off, minister Kubayi-Ngubane welcomed the successful development of the nanosatellite, as monitoring the continental shelf was a critical part of Operation Phakisa and required a dedicated low-cost solution.

“The department of science and technology saw an opportunity to contribute to Operation Phakisa by ensuring that the country can monitor its 3000 km coastline effectively,” she said.

The minister added that space science and technology were capital-intensive, and the government had a role to play in creating an environment in which the local space industry could thrive. She said that projects like the development of ZACUBE-2 benefited not only the space industry, but also the manufacturing and downstream application development industries.

Ambassador of France to South Africa, Christophe Farnaud, said his country was very proud to be part of this adventure. “Space is about science, economy, innovation and more than that. Space is also a dream – we dream together, we build together.”

SANSA CEO, Dr Val Munsami, said the agency strove to grow the local space industry through products, services and skills development. “Supporting such programmes as ZACUBE-2 enables the country to benefit from trained and experienced young space engineering experts.

For more information visit www.dst.gov.za


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