Posts tagged as ISS

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 […]

Reusable rockets will reduce cost to space

  When a SpaceX Falcon rocket flew itself back to its Florida launch site last December, the feat was hailed as a key step in Elon Musk’s quest to develop an inexpensive, reliable reusable rocket. But that was only half the story.  On Friday 8 April a more challenging and potentially revolutionary step was accomplished […]

ISS astronaut answers questions from SA learners

  It was a day they will long remember!  Learners from the Sol Plaatje primary school in Mmbatho linked up with the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti  on the International Space Station (ISS) via a link established  by an radio amateur ground station on Saturday 2 May 2015. Commander Cristoforetti is spending almost six months on […]

Fluids in Space – shaken not stirred

The next time you pour yourself a glass of water, pause before you drink it. First, swirl the clear liquid around the glass.  Gently slosh it back and forth. Tap the glass on the tabletop, and watch the patterns that form on the surface. “Now imagine the same exercise… in zero gravity.  Would the waves […]

CubeSats deployed from the ISS

  A new fleet of 28 small satellites, called Flock 1, were deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) on 11 February 2014 by the small satellite orbital deployer (SSOD), in the grasp of the Kibo laboratory robotic arm. The NanoRacks deployer provides commercial access to space from the International Space Station. The 28 CubeSats […]

Stellenbosch University joins the space race

Stellenbosch University CubeSat components. Many years after the launch of Sunsat, South Africa’s first satellite built by students and staff at Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, the Electronics Systems Laboratory (ESL) at the university is again entering the space race. The ESL has developed an altitude sensor board called CubeSense (used in establishing the satellite’s orientation […]

Amateur radio satellite to be

In this monthly feature, Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV, executive chairman of the South African Amateur Radio Development Trust (SAARDT), looks at various technologies and activities that drive amatuer radio. SAARDT is dedicated to the development of amateur radio in South Africa with a special interest in the youth. The organisastion is funded by donations […]

New antenna on ISS to boost amateur radio operation

In this monthly feature, Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV, executive chairman of the South African Amateur Radio Development Trust (SAARDT), looks at various technologies and activities that drive amateur radio. SAARDT is dedicated to the development of amateur radio in South Africa with a special interest in the youth. The organisation is funded from donations […]

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