Privately Owned Nanosatellite - The SCS Gecko Monitor1 will be tested on the South African nanosatellite, the nSight1. Photo - SCS Space
The SCS Gecko Monitor1 will be tested on the South African nanosatellite, the nSight1. Photo - SCS Space

South Africa’s First Privately Owned Nanosatellite To Be Released Into Orbit

By Peter Pedroncelli, 9:53 am

The nSight1 is the first privately owned nanosatellite which was designed and built in South Africa due for release into orbit from the International Space Station. On Thursday, May 25, the South African nanosatellite will be injected into low-Earth, subject to International Space Station operations, for a mission that will last between 30 to 60 days as the space station orbits the Earth, making history as a result. As part of the group of 28 nanosatellites from a total of 23 different countries that were launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on 18 April, 2017, the nSight1 was transported to the International Space Station on a Cygnus cargo spacecraft, United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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