SCS Aerospace Group, South Africa’s biggest private satellite company, is showcasing a number of new home-grown satellite products at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition outside Pretoria.
The products includes the new lightweight satellite, the SCS150, designed for global environmental and infrastructure monitoring as well as a mission overview of a privately funded technology demonstration satellite destined to do various scientific experiments and test new electronics in space, SCS Aerospace Group said.
The SCS150 is capable of providing 0.9 m resolution persistent video and 3.6 m resolution multispectral imaging. Its configuration makes it possible to be launched as part of a multi-satellite constellation that can be launched into orbit on a single small to medium class launch vehicle. It was developed to form part of a set of Earth observation satellites that can provide near-continuous coverage applied in disaster management, city planning, border monitoring, maritime assets and infrastructure monitoring.
“We will be testing the technology of our newly developed SCS Gecko, an ultra-compact imager specially developed for the small satellite market plus do some radiation tests on reprogrammable electronics on South Africa’s first privately funded small satellite due for an early 2017 launch,” said Dr Sias Mostert, Chairman of SCS Aerospace Group.
“The satellite will also do a number of important experiments as part of a contribution to the QB50 international science mission. This includes measuring atomic oxygen flux in Earth’s lower atmosphere which is a crucial parameter in the correlation and validation of atmospheric models.
“The radiation experiments are done in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to test radiation hardening of reprogrammable electronics in space using proprietary and patented IP developed by them,” said Dr Mostert.
After the current AAD expo, which ends on 18 September, the Cape Town based company’s products will go on display at the International Astronautical Congress in Gaudalajara, Mexico from 26 to 30 September.
Space Commercial Services (SCS) Aerospace Group is South Africa’s largest private satellite company. It specialises in small satellite engineering, satellite component manufacturing and global information services, including satellite imagery. Some of the companies in the Group include SCS Space, Space Advisory Company, Group Six Technology Infrastructure Company and The Space Engineering Academy.