South African satellite creates business for local industry

April 9th, 2018, Published in Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: PositionIT

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 three companies in the SCS Aerospace Group include Space Advisory Company, SCS Space, and NewSpace Systems. SCS Space, the primary contractor for the nanosatellite, is now looking at extending the expected orbit lifetime of the satellite from 18 to 24 months due to its low drag, specific mass and orientation control. The SCS Gecko Multispectral Imager, for which the Space Advisory Company was awarded the “Best Innovation Concept for a medium enterprise” award during the 2017 Da Vinci Top Technology Awards, has been producing high-quality imagery which is made freely available. The Grabouw-based ground station which controls the satellite is autonomously operating and will in the future form part of an international network of satellite ground stations servicing the ever-growing need by lower Earth orbit satellites.

Contact Hendrik Burger, SCS Space, Tel 084 306-0331, hendrik@scs-space.com