oa CSIR Science Scope - CSIR imaging expertise propels SA to a science high
The first ""made in South Africa"" satellite, called SunSat, was designed and assembled at the University of Stellenbosch and launched by NASA in 1999. The main instrument it carried was a four-band visible and near-infrared high-resolution imager designed and built by the electro-optics group of the CSIR. The innovative optical design of the imager centred on sensor elements attached directly to the surfaces of a cubic prism, thus making the assembly extremely robust to the vibrations associated with satellite launch. When Sumbandila, the next South African satellite, is launched next year, it will carry a Multi-Sensor Microsatellite Imager. This article looks at developments to date.
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