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ZACUBE 1 (TshepisoSat, ZA 003)


The South African ZACUBE 1 (South Africa CubeSat-1) or TshepisoSat is a student-developed 1U CubeSat of CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology), Cape Town, South Africa. Its main payload is a high frequency (HF) beacon transmitter that will be used to help characterize the Earth’s ionosphere and to calibrate SANSA's (South African National Space Agency) auroral radar installation at the SANAE-IV base in Antarctica.

Development of ZACUBE-1 commenced in early 2011. ZACUBE-1’s ADCS was developed in a collaboration between F’SATI and ESL (Electronic System's Laboratory) at Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

The launch is provided by ISI Space and was launched with a Dnepr from Dombarovsky (Yasny), Russia, in November 2013.

Nation: South Africa
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI), Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
Contractors: French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI), Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 593 km × 683 km, 97.80°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ZACUBE 1 (Tshepiso, ZA 003) 2013-066B 21.11.2013 Do LC-370/13 Dnepr with DubaiSat 2, STSAT 3, WNISAT 1, SkySat 1, BRITE-PL, AprizeSat 7, AprizeSat 8, UniSat 5, Delfi-n3Xt, Dove 3, Dove 4, Triton 1, CINEMA 2, CINEMA 3, OPTOS, CubeBug 2, GOMX 1, NEE 02 Krysaor, FUNcube 1, HiNCube, ICUBE 1, HumSat-D, PUCP-SAT 1, First-MOVE, UWE 3, VELOX P2, Pocket-PUCP, BeakerSat 1, QubeScout S1, $50SAT, Wren, BPA 3
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