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New satellite will create opportunities for South Africans

Soon a Satellite Development project will be launched which will enhance the lives of South Africans. South Africans would reap massive benefits from the R26 million project. In terms of South African needs, this Low Earth Observation (LEO) satellite will serve as a research vehicle that can support among other things, disaster management, health and water resources management. The project, which is a joint venture between the Department of Science and Technology, the University of Stellenbosch, SunSpace& Information Systems and the Satellite Application Center ( SAC), will take three years to complete.

The University of Stellenbosch, which will be responsible for managing the project has subcontracted SunSpace to build the Satellite, and SAC for Satellite tracking and monitoring operations. Mr Mangena said the project would offer University students exposure to the real world of science. The project formed an integral part of the Department’s activities on a global programme called Group on Earth Observation (GEO).