A group of Marine Domain Awareness Satellites (MDASat), which were developed by engineers at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), have already started transmitting data, after they were launched aboard US aerospace company SpaceX's, Falcon 9 rocket this week.
The nano-satellites were deployed 45 minutes after lift-off.
The data that the
satellites collect will be used to secure South Africa's ocean resources among others.
CPUT Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Nhlapo, congratulated the engineers from the university's African Space Innovation Centre on their achievement.
He says it was their biggest satellite project to date.
Nhlapo says its mission acconplished - for now: "As a University of Technology we play in applied space.
We must make things happen, we must actually have technologies, that we can licence and commercialise for the people of the Republic of South Africa." "https://nari.co.za/images/influencer/4/January2022/271896986_5015385598513784_7219569679160947158_n.jpg","https://nari.co.za/images/influencer/4/January2022/271912697_5015385731847104_7265103603426225474_n.jpg",
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