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|About||The primary focus of the Programme at CPUT is human capacity development in space science and technology to support the national space agenda.|
*F’SATI at TUT & CPUT – The Institute shall be an internationally recognized African education, research and innovation center sustaining technology incubation supporting South African entrepreneurs, conducting research and supporting in the offering of qualifications.
*International Activities - The Institute shall promote the exchange of students and lecturers with other countries including French overseas departments.
*Industrial Partnership - The Institute shall help to promote active cooperation between French and South African industrial companies. The Institute shall strive to promote French technology in its activities.
*Exchange of students - The Institute shall promote the exchange of students and lecturers with other countries.
*French Language - French language courses shall be offered in collaboration with the “Alliance Française”.
The French-South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI) is a graduate school focused on the training of graduate students in the broad fields of Electrical Engineering and Information and Communication Technologies based in South Africa. F’SATI is currently based at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria and the Cape-Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Cape Town.
A distinct feature of the F’SATI programmes is the international programmes offered through partner universities in France (MSc with ESIEE Paris, PhD and Co-tutelle Agreements with University of Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC), and University of Versailles Saint-Quentin (UVSD).
The past semester saw a flurry of activities take place in the F’SATI Satellite Systems Laboratory and amongst the students. The Satellite Systems Engineering training and research programme at CPUT consists of the actual CubeSat development, and the supporting academic programme.
The main focus within the group remains on their MTech projects with the aim of producing satellite-ready hardware for next year’s 3U CubeSat prototype.
The larger student team has been divided in smaller teams based on their research disciplines and these groups meet every second week with their respective team leaders. These smaller group meetings provide team members with the opportunity to discuss technical issues related to their research discipline, interfacing with other satellite systems and to encourage the sharing of knowledge.
The teams and their leaders are:
Power systems, Mr F. Visser
RF Communications, Prof. R. van Zyl
Embedded systems, Prof. E. Bierman
Weekly meetings still occur strictly every Monday where every team member must be present. These meetings provide a regular opportunity for group feedback on project related activities and to address operational issues such as events to plan for in the near future, the procurement of components or any equipment, software or materials that the students may need to ca
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