Most advanced nanosatellite to date, the ZACube-2, developed by young South African engineers successfully took off from the Vostochny spaceport (Russia) last Thursday. In near future it will provide latest information about ocean traffic in SA region to scientists and will 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, » said Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane who heads country’s Minister of Science and Technology.
Nanosatellite weights 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, which will be chosen by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA).