The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) in collaboration with GK Launch Services announced a competition for a free launch of 1U CubeSat on the First Commercial Mission of GK Launch Services in April 2019 during the Global Conference on Space for Emerging Countries which held in Marrakech, Morocco.
Glavkosmos (GK) Launch Services will send the SIMBA satellite, designed at Sapienza University of Rome, into orbit for free, GK Director of Marketing Communications Mila Savelyeva has announced at the ongoing 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington DC.
The SIMBA satellite will be launched into orbit together with the South Korean CAS500-1 Earth-observation space vehicle in the second or third quarter of 2020, Savelyeva said at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) on Tuesday.
The SIMBA satellite project was selected as the winner of the competition which other institutions from across the world also participated. The satellite designed by students from the Sapienza University of Rome will track wild animals around the Kenyan National Parks.