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Sumbandila provided lessons for next SA satellite

The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has learnt valuable lessons from the Sumbandila micro satellite programme. Sumbandila failed last year after operating in space for less than two years, a shorter time than hoped for. "Sumbandila was an experiment in using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components. In many respects it was a success," Sansa space programme manager Francois Denner told Engineering News Online on Thursday. "We now have a space heritage in COTS components instead to having to use very expensive space-certified components."

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