oa CSIR Science Scope - CSIR imaging expertise propels SA to a science high

Volume 1, Issue 5
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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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