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ET-SMART-RSS (EthSat6U, Zhixing 1A)

ET-SMART-RSS [Smart Satellite Technology]

ET-SMART-RSS, formerly known as EthSat6U, is an Ethiopian earth observation 6U CubeSat developed jointly by the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) and the Chinese Smart Satellite Technology to provide earth observation services to China and African countries. It is also known as Zhixing 1A.

ESSTI has also become a strategic partner of Smart Satellite’s African business, and both sides have pledged to jointly expand the African space market in the future. The nanosatellite was recently renamed ET-SMART-RSS from EthSat6U to show the cooperation between ESSTI and SMART boldly (ET = Ethiopia/ ESSTI and SMART = Beijing Smart Satellite Technology and RSS = Remote Sensing Satellite).

ESSTI prepared the preliminary design of the satellite and then the critical design. Smart Satellite handled the manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing (MAIT) in close consultation with the ESSTI team.

The satellite was launched in December 2020 on a Chinese launch vehicle from Wenchang.

Nation: Ethiopia, China
Type / Application: Earth observation
Operator: Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI)
Contractors: Smart Satellite Technology
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Power: Solar arrays, batteries
Orbit: 503 km × 513 km, 97.43°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ET-SMART-RSS (Zhixing 1A) (ex EthSat6U) 2020-102E 22.12.2020 We LC-201 CZ-8 (1) with XJY 7, Haisi 1, Tianqi 8, Yuanguang

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