n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - SumbandilaSat launch delayed again : news notes

Volume 68, Issue 7_8
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



South Africa's second micro-satellite, SumbandilaSat, meaning 'lead the way' in Venda, will hopefully be launched by the time you read this issue. The launch from a Russian Navy submarine was originally scheduled for 2007 but, for reasons that have never been officially divulged, the arrangement with the Russian Defence Ministry fell through. Later, Russia's civilian space agency, Roscosmos, stepped in and offered a land-based Soyuz launch as a secondary payload. It had been hoped that this would take place in March 2009, but it was postponed to early May because of the rescheduling of a manned mission.

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