Posts tagged as CubeSat

South African-built satellites launched

  The South African satellite industry has taken another step forward as a player in the international space arena with the successful launch of two South African-built nanosatellites from Cape Canaveral in Florida USA. Two CubeSats: “nSight1”  designed and manufactured by Cape Town-based SCS Space –  a member of the SCS Aerospace Group –  and […]

Space is good for amateur radio: the story of SunSat

  It has been written and spoken about that amateur radio is a pasttime that contributes to communication, electronic and space activity development and training. In fact it is contained in the ITU definition of amateur radio: “A radio communication service for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations”. For amateur radio to stay […]

SDR: The new wave in amateur radio

  Software defined radio (SDR) is by no means a new technology – not even in amateur radio. It has been widely used in the mobile and other communications industries. AMSAT SA has embarked on a SDR project which is aimed at developing a SDR transponder for a future satellite project. But let as take […]

Building a CubeSat remains a challenge

  Building a CubeSat remains a challenge whether it would be by buying a complete CubeSat kit from any of the online CubeSat shops and adding your payload or building a CubeSat from scratch. A group of radio amateurs, part of AMSAT SA, decided some years ago to design, develop and build a CubeSat from scratch. […]

Building a satellite takes amateur radio to the next level

  It is often heard that in our days of modern technology there is no room for amateur radio. Smartphones and the internet can deliver it all. Many smartphones include better and faster processors than most computers and laptops but with all that we still need some sophisticated hardware. Cell phones do not make good […]

Young SA women tackle STEM with satellites

  Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are today considered the area where most education systems make little impact. And yet STEM is one of the most important building blocks for young people to get into the mainstream of the economy. It is predicted that 80% of jobs require a STEM background; and only 10% […]

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