SA satellite gets official name

2013-11-21 10:00
An Epsilon rocket lifts off from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki town, Kagoshima, western Japan. Japan launched the new rocket it hopes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of sending satellites into space.

An Epsilon rocket lifts off from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki town, Kagoshima, western Japan. Japan launched the new rocket it hopes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of sending satellites into space.

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The latest South African satellite to be launched has been given an official name by a school girl from the Eastern Cape.

Chachane Kgothalang from a school in the rural Eastern Cape won a competition to name the ZACUBE-1 which launched successfully from the Yasny Launch Base in Russia.

The micro satellite has been officially named Sepiso Satellite (which means Promise) and Kgothalang will win an iPad and a visit to the Sansa (South African National Space Agency) facilities in Cape Town.

Her school will also be awarded a cash prize to buy science equipment.

The satellite passed over Cape Town within a few minutes of launch, but communications will only begin by the second orbit. Space rules only permit satellite communications at least 30 minutes after launch.

Renewed focus

At a speed of 7km/s, each orbit should take around 97 minutes and Sepiso will orbit the Earth around 15 times a day.

"We need our young people to be passionate about science," said South African National Space Agency (Sansa) CEO Dr Sandile Malinga.

The satellite was developed by the French South African Institute of Technology (F'SATI) located at CPUT campus in Bellville and the audience applauded the first overpass.

The satellite, the third by SA, represents a renewed focus on developing space technology and at the launch event, CPUT was granted a space activities licence.

The ZA-003 licence to conduct space activities was presented to Professor Lineo Vuyisa Mazwi-Tanga, vice-chancellor of CPUT by the Space Affairs Council of South Africa.

Professor Robert Van Zyl, director of F'SATI said indicated that CPU was intent on expanding the space programme.

"It is the first one; there will be more."


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