n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - South Africa's second satellite leads the way : news notes

Volume 68, Issue 9_10
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



SumbandilaSat, meaning "lead the way" in the Venda language, was one of seven satellites successfully launched atop a Russian Soyuz rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on 17 September 2009, witnessed by South Africa's Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor. The launch's primary payload was the Meteor M1 weather satellite, a new Russian observatory designed to monitor the Earth's climate.

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