The satellite ZA-Cuba will join Sunsat and Sumbandla which was launched in 2009. (REUTERS)
South Africa is expected to launch its third satellite into space next month.
The satellite ZA-Cuba will join Sunsat and Sumbandla which was launched in 2009.
Students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology designed the satellite.
Speaking at the World Space Week celebrations in Kimberley, Science and Technology Department Director-General Phil Mjwara says the satellite will be used to observe the earth for research purposes.
"This is a small experimental tube satellite so it's a satellite which usually is built by students in partnership with universities and in this case Cape Peninsula University of Technology has been working on this small experimental satellite which I believe by now will be ready for possible launch in late November."
Speaking at the same event, Lorenzo Raynard of the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement says their role is to fund research programmes and to expose school children to the world of science.
"Our function as part of the NRF is to make sure that the public is provided with access to that research information so our involvement here as part of the world space week we are implement partner on behalf of the DST so we have been co-ordinating activities across the country to celebrate 'World Space Week' this year."