nSIGHT Satellite

Satellite nSIGHT (nSIGHT1, nSight-1, AZ02)
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 2U
Status Reentry 2020-04-25. Was operational (Last DK3WN report 2019-05-13. Checked 2019-05-27)
Launched 2017-04-18
NORAD ID 42726
Deployer NRCSD (NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer) [Quad-M]
Launcher Atlas V (QB50)
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2017-05-26
Organization Space Advisory Company
Institution Company
Entity type Commercial
Headquarters South Africa
Launch brokerer Nanoracks
Partners QB50, SCS Aerospace Group, Space Advisory Company, Systems, Pinkmatter Solutions

Part of QB50 to study lower termosphere.


A key part of the mission of the satellite was to demonstrate the newly developed SCS Gecko multispectral imager, as well as the Radiation Mitigation VHDL Coding Technique developed and patented by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Perhaps, the third success story onboard the Cubesat for the South African space industry is the Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) designed and manufactured by CubeSpace, a spin-off of the University of Stellenbosch.

  • To comply with the QB50 mission objective of doing atmospheric research measurements in the lower thermosphere.
  • To provide SCS-Space payload flight heritage. To provide training/experience for SCS-Space engineers.

The satellite will use magnetic sensors and actuators to do initial detumbling into a Y-Thompson spin after release from its deployer. QB50.


Deployed on 25 May 2017, the satellite has spent almost 3 years in orbit capturing and downloading over 40 high-quality images.

Sources [1] [2] [3]
Photo sources [1] [2]
COTS subsystems
  • IMAGER - SCS Gecko
Subsystems sources [1]
Keywords QB50


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