Named ZA-AeroSat, the nano-satellite weighs only 2kg and is smaller than a shoebox, measuring at 10cm x 10cm x 20cm. It is to be used for gathering scientific measurements from the lower thermosphere, between 200km and 400km above Earth.
ZA-AeroSat was transported to the Netherlands with other satellites. before being shipped to NASA in the US, where it’ll be launched on-board an Atlas-V rocket.
The nano-satellite will provide the International Space Station (ISS) with supplies with astronauts on board receiving the nano-satellite and releasing it into space about a month later.
ZA-AeroSat is a part of a larger project that’ll see 36 nano-satellites known as “CubeSats” launched into space.