Posts tagged as Space and Beyond

Cassini – a solar system grand finale

  As NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spends its last few weeks in orbit around Saturn before making a controlled impact with the planet in what NASA dubbed Cassini’s “grand finale,” scientists and engineers who helped launch the mission 20 years ago are thrilled with the success of the massive probe they helped dispatch to one of […]

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 […]

Close galactic encounter leaves “nearly naked” supermassive black hole

  Astronomers using the super-sharp radio vision of the US National Science Foundation’s very long baseline array (VLBA) have found the shredded remains of a galaxy that passed through a larger galaxy, leaving only the smaller galaxy’s nearly-naked supermassive black hole to emerge and speed away at more than 3600 km per second.  The galaxies […]

Cosmic re-ionisation to be explored in the Karoo

  A great mystery confronting astronomers is expected to be resolved with the installation of a new telescope array in the Karoo, the hydrogen epoch of re-ionisation array (HERA). Cosmic re-ionisation corresponds to the epoch when the neutral intergalactic medium (IGM) is re-ionised by the first luminous objects (stars, black holes). Probing this last unexplored […]

MeerKAT – the best radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere

  The MeerKAT First Light image of the sky, released by Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, shows unambiguously that MeerKAT is  the best radio telescope of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Array Release 1 consists of 16 of an eventual 64 dishes. It is the first significant scientific milestone achieved by MeerKAT […]

Another probe to solve the Red Planet’s mysteries

The first of two joint ESA–Roscosmos missions to Mars began on 14 March 2016 on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet, where it will address unsolved mysteries of the planet’s atmosphere that could indicate present-day geological – or even biological – activity. The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and the Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing […]

James Webb telescope a successor to Hubble

  2018 will see another giant telescope venture into Space to study the solar system, enabling scientists understand more about its formation and how Earth became capable of supporting life. Named the James Webb Space Telescope, it will look across vast distances to find the earliest stars and galaxies and study the atmospheres of mysterious […]

Sunspace incorporated in Spaceteq

Berthold Alheit. Denel has launched “Spaceteq” as a newly-formed space engineering business unit of Denel Dynamics, and incorporating satellite manufacturer, SunSpace. The high-end engineers and scientists absorbed by Denel from SunSpace brought with them capabilities of their own, including the SunSat and SumbandilaSat programmes. EO-Sat1 will be based on the strong legacy inherited from the […]

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