A satellite in the process of being deployed from the International Space Station. The 28 satellites which forms part of the European Union’s QB50 project will all be deployed in this manner over a period of 30 to 60 days while the ISS orbits Earth. Image: NASA
The nSight1 nanosatellite is one of the two South African built satellites which will be deployed from the International Space station within the next two months as part of the European Union QB50 project. The project comprises a total of 28 satellites from 23 different countries which will be used to conduct research in the lower thermosphere to apply to current atmospheric models especially applicable to the reentry trajectory of spacecraft. From left are Dr Sias Mostert, Chairman of the SCS Aerospace Group (www.scsgroup.com), the company that invested in the project, Hendrik Burger, CEO of SCS Space (www.scs-space.com), Chris Böhme and Sonja Goosen both form Pinkmatter Solutions (www.pinkmatter.com) who co-invested in the project and supplies ground segment software for the satellite.
The South African satellite industry is taking yet another step forward as a player in the international arena with the launch of two South African built nanosatellites from Cape Canaveral in Florida within the next few days.