First data from South Africa’s ZACube-2 to be unveiled on Tuesday

Press Release from the Department of Science & Technology

The Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will unveil the first data from South Africa’s ZACube-2 nanosatellite when she delivers the keynote address at a plenary briefing to be hosted by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) on Tuesday, 26 February 2019.

The ZACube-2 plenary, to be held under the theme “CPUT’s ZACube-2 leading South Africa’s 4IR into space”, will focus on CPUT’s space science programme and a new strategy – OneSmartCPUT – which aims to equip students, staff and the community with knowledge to facilitate the future world of work as informed by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The event follows the recent historic launch of the nanosatellite, considered the most advanced in the African continent to date.  Weighing just 4 kilograms, ZACube-2 carries an automatic identification system (AIS) payload for monitoring the movement of ships along the South African coastline.  It will also help to monitor veld fires, providing near real-time information to ensure faster response times by disaster management teams.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has invested R16,5 million in CPUT for its nanosatellite programme, which was established in 2009 with the DST’s support.

ZACube-2 is a demonstrator for the technology that will ultimately be used in a constellation of nine nanosatellites that will be developed to facilitate South African Marine Domain Awareness (MDA). The MDASat constellation will provide cutting-edge very high frequency (VHF) data exchange systems for the maritime industry in support of Operation Phakisa (Oceans Economy).

CPUT has already received useful AIS data from ZACube-2, which was fed into the National Oceans and Coastal Information Management System of Operation Phakisa.

There will be an overpass of ZACube-2 as it orbits the earth between 11:33 and 11:45.

The media are invited as follows:

Date: 26 February 2019

Venue: CPUT Bellville Campus, Western Cape

Time:  08:00 to 12:00

© Space in Africa 2020

All rights reserved. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited. You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other forms of electronic retrieval system.


New Report: The 2020 Edition of African Space Industry Annual Report is now available. It presents data and analyses on projects, deals, partnership and investments across the continent. It also provides analyses on the growing demand for space technologies and data on the continent, the business opportunities it offers and the necessary regulatory environment in the various countries.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.