Sep 15, 2009

SA to launch earth observation satellite

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South Africa launched the satellite, Sumbandila which has a main function of earth observation into space.

The 26 million rand satellite which have been sent into space in Kazakhstan using a Russian Soyuz rocket will be used to record images of the planet’s vegetation to determine areas affected by global warming and forecast veld fires.

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said the main objectives of the programme, SumbandilaSat is to strengthen the technological capabilities and space resources that exist in South Africa, to develop capacity in satellite engineering and provide earth observation data for a wide range of applications.

Its name, Sumbandila, means “lead the way” in the Venda language.

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