The most advanced nanosatellite to date, the ZACube-2, developed by young South African engineers successfully took off from the Vostochny spaceport in Russia last Thursday. In near future it will provide the latest data about ocean traffic in SA region to scientists and help them monitor the coastline.
«Science is indeed helping us resolve the challenges of our society. I want to congratulate our space team for great work and this achievement, » Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane who heads country’s Minister of Science and Technology said.
The nanosatellite weighs just about four kilograms, however, its size is three times bigger than TshepisoSat (previous satellite developed by SA). Soon the ZACube-2 will be given a new name, to be chosen by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA).