Johannesburg, South Africa: South Africa is all set to start construction work on its second satellite next year and could launch it by as early as 2014 if the government supports the initiative by providing adequate funding, says Dr Sandile Malinga, chief executive of the South African National Space Agency.
The satellite would be built with the help of Algeria and is estimated to cost around R400 million (USD 48 million approx).
Speaking to the Cape Argus, Malinga also said that the new South African satellite will be one of four remote sensing spacecrafts built to make up the African Resource Management Satellite Constellation (ARMS-C), conceptualised in about 2004 and formally agreed on between South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria and Kenya in 2009.
Nigeria has already successfully launched the first of these four spacecrafts that will monitor the surface of the continent and provide benefits like more comprehensive environmental monitoring and improved agricultural services, disaster management, health services and education, particularly in remote areas.
Source: Independent Online