EA-SAT-1: New Earth Observation Satellite developed in South Africa

The South African government has increased investing in space technology in order to build capacities within the country as well as to attract commercial space interests. As a result of this the South African National Space Agency SANSA has contracted Spaceteq, a division of the state run aerospace and defense company Denel Dynamics, to develop the new high resolution multispectral imaging earth observation satellite, EA-SAT-1.

Data from EA-SAT-1 will be used for resource management, urban planning, development, safety, security, and disaster risk management. Plans by the South African government are in place to increase access to this data.