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.
Although engineering models had been built, the project was cancelled in 1994 due to lack of funds.
|Type / Application:||Earth observation|
|Operator:||Denel, Houwteq division|
|Contractors:||Denel, Houwteq division|
|Power:||2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|