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21 September 2011

Sumbandila satellite silent since being blasted by Solar radiation

South Africa’s one and only satellite, Sumbandila, has been out of contact with its Mission Control and has not downloaded any images since July. This was revealed on Wednesday by South African National Space Agency (Sansa) CEO Dr Sandile Malinga.

It is believed that the Earth observation spacecraft, built by Stellenbosch-based company Sun Space & Information Systems (SunSpace) and operated by Sansa on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology, was hit by a blast of solar radiation. This damaged Sumbandila’s systems and the satellite is now tumbling out of control.

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