SumbandilaSat (formerly ZASAT-002), is a South African micro earth observation satellite, which will be launched on a Shtil 2.1 launch vehicle. The name, which means "lead the way", originates from the Venda language (Tshivenḓa).

The University of Stellenbosch, SunSpace and the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) were key players in constructing SumbandilaSat. The CSIR's Satellite Application Centre (CSIR-SAC) will be responsible for operations, telemetry, tracking, control as well as data capturing.

SumbandilaSat is part of a closely integrated South African space programme and will serve as a research tool to investigate the viability of affordable space technology. Furthermore, the data will be used to, amongst others, monitor and manage disasters such as flooding, oil spills and fires within Southern Africa.

Satellite specifications

"* Courtesy of SunSpace"

See also

* SUNSAT, first South African satellite

External links

* [ Official Stellenbosch University Website]
* [ SunSpace Website]
* [ CSIR-SAC Website]
* []

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