The Cape Peninsula University of Technology is reaching a significant milestone today with the launch of its third satellite mission into space. The Rocket to be used is the Falcon 9. It will also be a milestone for South Africa and Africa, as a continent.
The MDASat (Marine Domain Awareness) constellation has two main priorities namely ocean economy and healthcare, and has been mandated by the Department of Science and Innovation to enhance South Africa’s ocean’s sovereignty.
SpaceX, the company founded by SA born entrepreneur Elon Musk, will be launching the constellation on 13 January 2022 at 17:25pm (Florida time 10:25am), at the Cape Canaveral launch site in the USA.
The webcast starts about 10 to 15 minutes before lift-off and ends shortly after payload deployment.
More information: www.spacex.com/launches