nSight 1’s expected orbit lifetime to be extended

South Africa’s nSight 1 nanosatellite. Photo: SCS Aerospace Group.

nSight-1, a nanosatellite designed and built by SCS Space, a subsidiary of the SCS Aerospace Group (South Africa’s largest privately owned group of satellite companies) was launched to the International Space Station on 18 April 2017 and was successfully deployed into 400km low-Earth orbit on the 25 May 2017.

SCS Aerospace Group together with Pinkmatter Solutions and the Department of Trade and Industry, invested in the Sight-1 nanosatellite which forms part of the European Commission’s QB50 project.

The nSight-1 nanosatellite was designed, integrated and tested by a team of engineers from the Space Advisory Company and assembled at NewSpace Systems’ European Space Agency (ESA) certified clean room production facility. Space Advisory Company and NewSpace Systems also fall part of the SCS Aerospace Group, South Africa’s largest privately owned group of satellite companies.

According to Hendrik Burger, SCS Space’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the group is considering extending nSight 1’s expected orbit lifetime from 18 to 24 months due to its low drag, specific mass and orientation control.