New radio telescope to probe dark energy and mysterious radio flashes

South Africa has launched a multimillion-Rand global project in radio astronomy that will conduct ground-breaking science in astrophysics while building on existing excellence in the country. The Hydrogen Intensity and Real Time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX) telescope will be located at the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa site in the Karoo. The HIRAX telescope project […]

Space weather warning centre for Africa

The African region is set to derive even greater benefit from the recent upgrade to the South African National Space Agency’s (SANSA) Space Weather Regional Warning Centre located in Hermanus in the Western Cape. Unveiled recently by South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, this state-of-the-art facility is the only regional warning […]

De-orbit mission to remove huge dead satellite

Year after year, the traffic orbiting the earth increases, whilst space debris poses an ever greater threat for satellites and crews of space vehicles. The European Space Agency (ESA) wants to combat this problem and, as part of the “Clean Space” initiative, is launching the e.Deorbit mission with the first objective of removing the inactive […]

South African satellite creates business for local industry

The South African manufactured nSight-1 nanosatellite, a product of SCS Aerospace Group, which has been in orbit since May 2017 has generated sales of some of its sub-systems in the international satellite market. It was launched as part of the European Space Agency’s QB50 project which collects research data from the earth’s lower thermosphere. The […]

Chinese space station plunges into the sea

Tiangong-1, China’s first prototype space station, re-entered the earth’s atmosphere over the South Pacific Ocean at 02h16 (CAT) on 2 April 2018 and its remains plunged into the sea somewhere North West of Tahiti. On 21 March 2016 the China Manned Space Engineering Office announced that Tiangong-1 had officially ended its service. The telemetry link […]