South Africa considering investing R450m in new satellite

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has reported that South Africa is considering constructing a 250 kg to 400 kg Earth observation microsatellite, as the country’s contribution to the proposed African Resource and Environmental Management satellite constellation (ARMC). This was revealed in a recent written answer to a Parliamentary question. “This would entail a satellite development programme of four and [a] half years, building on the experience of the subsystems developed for the SumbandilaSat mission,” stated the DST in its answer. “The full programme costs for such a satellite would be R450-million and will be sourced from the national fiscus.” The proposed new satellite would operate from a low Earth orbit and would have a planned lifespan of seven years.
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