Posts tagged as CubeSat

CubeSat to fly in deep space

Two CubeSats will be flying past Mars in 2016 just as NASA’s next Mars lander, InSight, is descending through the Martian atmosphere and landing on the surface. Mars Cube One (MarCO), will provide an experimental communications relay to speedily inform Earth about the landing CubeSats are a class of spacecraft based on a standardised small […]

Could solar sails de-orbit satellites?

  The question of space debris has been a concern of many nations and with the large number of satellites being launched, space debris is increasing at an alarming rate.  The obvious answer would be to deorbit a satellite after it has served its purpose and is no longer needed. It will then burn up […]

Does South Africa need a “spy” satellite?

  The Secretary of Defence, Dr. Sam Gulube recently told the parliamentary defence committee that a contact to develop a military satellite had been reinstated with the Russian company NPO Mashinostroyenia. Named “Flute” the project goes back to 2006 when South Africa signed a contract with the Russian company to build a Kondor-E satellite for […]

A $50 satellite? Just ask a radio amateur!

  Radio amateurs can do crazy things, like thinking up a project to build a $50 satellite, get it launched and operational from space! There are two good reasons why radio amateurs can often achieve things that many people consider impossible: radio amateurs can set their own time line and they don’t have to meet […]

Amateur radio must keep innovating

  “Amateur radio as a hobby has reached an important turning point”, said South African Radio League (SARL) president, Geoff Levey (pictured) at the Radio Technology in Action symposium held in Durban recently. He said that the trend of activity and interest now as compared to five or even ten years ago is changing. “The […]

SA AMSAT’s CubeSat is making good progress

  The first prototype of the linear transponder was successfully tested and demonstrated on air at the recently held SA AMSAT Space Symposium. Named Kletskous (Afrikaans for chatterbox), the satellite measuring 10 x 10 x 10 cm is being developed  and built by radio amateurs who volunteer their expertise, time and often, their money for […]

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 […]

SA AMSAT turns to innovation for its CubeSat

by Hans van Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT 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 […]

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 […]

The challenge of building an amateur CubeSat

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 by donations […]