ZA-AeroSat: Stellenbosch University, CubeSpace to Launch Nano-Satellite Into Space

Stellenbosch University, one of the top research universities in South Africa, and CubeSpace, which specializes in nano-satellite control, are partnering to launch a nano-satellite into space.

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.

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