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SUNSAT: South Africa’s first satellite in space

A. Schoonwinkel, G. W. Milne, J. J. du Plessis, S. Mostert
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 21, No 3 | a233 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v21i3.233 | © 2002 A. Schoonwinkel, G. W. Milne, J. J. du Plessis, S. Mostert | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2002 | Published: 28 September 2002

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A. Schoonwinkel, Departement Elektriese en Elektroniese Ingenieurswese, Universiteit van Stellenbosch, South Africa
G. W. Milne, Departement Elektriese en Elektroniese Ingenieurswese, Universiteit van Stellenbosch, South Africa
J. J. du Plessis, Departement Elektriese en Elektroniese Ingenieurswese, Universiteit van Stellenbosch, South Africa
S. Mostert, Departement Elektriese en Elektroniese Ingenieurswese, Universiteit van Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Abstract

The SUNSAT satellite was conducted as a research and development programme at Stellenbosch University from 1992 till 2001. It obtained new technology for South Africa and set new performance levels internationally with regard to micro-satellites. SUNSAT also supported amateur radio communications internationally, as well as space physics experiments. During the development phase more than 100 postgraduate students based their theses on SUNSAT, and a supplementary science awareness programme reached more than 50 000 learners. This article provides an overview of the satellite configuration and concludes with a vision for satellite technology in South Africa.


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