The first real-time data from South Africa's ZACube-2 nanosatellite was unveiled on Tuesday, 26 February 2019.

The continentˇ¦s most advanced nanosatellite to date, the ZACube-2, was successfully launched into space in December. It is expected to provide cutting-edge remote sensing and communications services to South Africa and the region.

The satellite will help monitor ocean traffic as part of the oceans economy and also monitor veld fires and provide near real-time fire information ensuring a quick response time by disaster management teams.

The satellite was developed by some of South Africaˇ¦s youngest and brightest minds under a programme representing the countryˇ¦s diversity, in particular black students and young women.

According to the Department of Science and Technology, the satellite is a technology demonstrator for Maritime Domain Awareness that will provide critical information for the countyˇ¦s oceans economy.

It will monitor the movement of ships along the South African coastline with its automatic identification system (AIS) payload.

Weighing just four kilograms, the ZACube-2 is South Africaˇ¦s second nanosatellite to be launched into space and three times the size of its predecessor, TshepisoSat.

It is regarded as the continent's most advanced cube satellite and is in fact a precursor to the MDASat ˇV a constellation of nine nanosatellites that will be developed to provide cutting-edge very high frequency data exchange communication systems to the maritime industry.

CPUT has already received useful AIS data from ZACube-2, which was fed into the National Oceans and Coastal Information Management System of Operation Phakisa.

The unveiling of the first data from ZACube-2 took place during the plenary briefing led by the Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

ˇV Source: SAnews.gov.za