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Greensat [Houwteq]

Greensat was an attempt to develop an South African Earth observation satellite. The project was originally started in 1985 as a military reconnaissance satellite to be launched on the indigenous RSA-3 rocket, but in 1991 was changed into the civilian Greensat. The project was led by Denel's Houwteq division.

Greensat would have been about 2,3 m high, with a mass of 330 kg and would have carried panchromatic and multispectral cameras. The resolution would have been at 2.5 m for the high-resolution camera. The satellite appears to be closely related to the Israeli Ofeq 3 / EROS-A series of satellites.

After cancellation of RSA-3, the baselined launch vehicle was the Russian Start-1 rocket as the RSA-3 was cancelled.

Although engineering models had been built, the project was cancelled in 1994 due to lack of funds.

Nation: South Africa
Type / Application: Earth observation
Operator: Denel, Houwteq division
Contractors: Denel, Houwteq division
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 3 years
Mass: 320 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Greensat - cancelled Pl Start-1

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