South Africa launched three locally produced nanosatellites into space Thursday.
It was part of U.S. aerospace company SpaceX’s Transporter-3 mission.
It marks the first launch of a satellite constellation developed entirely on the African continent.
According to a government statement and a live webcast by SpaceX, the nanosatellites were launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The satellites will help monitor South Africa’s waters from illegal fishing and other activities.
The South African government said the launch of the Maritime Domain Awareness Satellite constellation is a significant milestone for the country.