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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.

Alternate Names

  • 39417
  • Zacube1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2013-11-21
Launch Vehicle: Dnepr
Launch Site: Yasni, Russia

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Republic of South Africa)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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