SA wants more eyes in the sky

Hemi300c

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More tender gravy.
If the cANCer was honest, trusted and respected they wouldn't need all this "protection" and wouldn't need to waste money on it like Nkandla etc etc etc
 

genetic

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More tender gravy.
If the cANCer was honest, trusted and respected they wouldn't need all this "protection" and wouldn't need to waste money on it like Nkandla etc etc etc
Right on cue ;)
 

grok

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You can do more than one thing at a time.
If that was true of our government, we wouldn't have had an electricity problem in the first place.

Secondly, the last paragraph states that the Stellenbosch satellite never got government backing, so it seems blaming them isn't totally off the mark.
 

deweyzeph

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Let's concentrate on not being a banana republic first, then maybe in the future we can worry about having our own satellites.
 

Syco

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How soon we forget! Up to 1994 South Africa had a functioning Satellite manufacturing facility operating at Grabouw and a facility at the Overberg Test Range that had the capability of launching our own satellites into space using our own locally designed rockets.. A satellite was almost ready to be launched when several hundred top scientists were given little more than a months notice that everything was being shut down as the new government had other priorities. We lost dozens of our best scientists to NASA and other space entities. Many were obliged to go into other fields of work to make a living. We could have been a world leader in space technology if short-sightedness had not prevailed.
There were a few half-hearted attempts to restart the program but nothing came of them and millions of Rand's worth of technical equipment was basically scrapped.
 
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genetic

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How soon we forget! Up to 1994 South Africa had a functioning Satellite manufacturing facility operating at Grabouw and a facility at the Overberg Test Range that had the capability of launching our own satellites into space using our own locally designed rockets.. A satellite was almost ready to be launched when several hundred top scientists were given little more than a months notice that everything was being shut down as the new government had other priorities. We lost dozens of our best scientists to NASA and other space entities. Many were obliged to go into other fields of work to make a living. We could have been a world leader in space technology if short-sightedness had not prevailed.
There were a few half-hearted attempts to restart the program but nothing came of them and millions of Rand's worth of technical equipment was basically scrapped.

Source?
 

Syco

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Was actively involved! Whilst at the time Top Secret now information freely available. The Houwteq Anechoic Room Facility at Grabouw (where the Satellite assembly was originally done) is now being used as part of the SKA. Google Overberg Test Range which is now being used by Denel also South African secret satellite project 1994 where you will find a report from UWC setting out some of the information.
This Quote from Wikipedia: "The site was notably used for test launches of the RSA series of missiles, including the joint Israeli-South African RSA-3 Intermediate-range ballistic missile in 1989 and 1990.[3] Development of this military programme was cancelled 1992 however. Testing for the South African civil space programme continued at the site for another year before also being cancelled in 1993."
 
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