CAPE TOWN– South African Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says the country’s cube satellite, which has been sent to India for launching into space, will help gather data to unlock economic growth in the Oceans Economy.
She disclosed this when he participated in a sending-off ceremony of the ZACube-2 nano satellite at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Belville Campus in Western Cape Province on Tuesday.
The completion of the ZACube-2 satellite comes after the precursor to this project, the ZACube-1, was launched into space for weather research in 2013. The experiences gained then through the French-South African co-operation in satellite engineering resulted in the completion of ZACUBE-2.
Gathering of information today remains critical for us to be able to take decisions as decision makers. We require information that will enable us to be able to make the right decisions, she said.
The four-kilogramme ZACUBE-2 has been developed by Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI) and is the second nano-satellite to be developed at the university.
Africa Space Innovation/French Institute of Technology Director Professor Arthur Van Zyl said the cube satellite is a technological marvel. Once it is launched from India in July, it will help South Africa track boats along the country’s coast and proactively detect forest fires through an imager payload developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
Commenting on its maritime ability, Kubayi-Ngubane said the nano-satellite will also assist in addressing the needs of the Operation Phakisa Oceans Economy programme. She said the oceans economy is critical to South Africa’s economic growth.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK