The Sumbandila Satellite experiments payload - Taking the step to space
The Sumbandila Satellite was commissioned by the South African Department of Science and Technology as a "pathfinding" mission in developing low-cost space technology. A further objective of the project was to allow South African researchers to include research experiments on the microsatellite, in order to inform the process through which future space projects can be used as research platforms. This paper describes the design, implementation and integration of five engineering and scientific experiments that were included on the Sumbandila Satellite. Research results of specific experiments are not considered; rather, the use of a microsatellite as a research tool by means of a secondary payload is evaluated, and recommendations are made for future space research collaboration between government and academia.