CPUT’s satellite endeavours have been given the thumbs up by a delegation from the US National Security Department.
The F’SATI satellite programme which is based at the Bellville Campus and headed by Prof Robert van Zyl was visited by the high profile visitors recently during a tour of the country.
Head of the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank Rose inspected the continent’s first cubesat and chatted with the team of students and lecturers who helped build it.
“I am very impressed by your space policy but most importantly I think the emphasis placed on training the next generation is key,” Rose told the meeting.
The US delegation have strong links to NASA and it is hoped the meeting will help strengthen the professional partnerships between the two space programmes.
The cubesat is expected to be launched into space mid-October and at the moment students are putting the final touches to it making sure it is ready for the rigours of space.
By LAUREN KANSLEY
Cape Peninsula University of Technology