Stellenbosch UNiversity SATellite is the first miniaturized satellite designed and manufactured in South Africa. It was launched aboard a Delta II rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on 23 February 1999. Sunsat was built by post-graduate engineering students at the University of Stellenbosch. Its AMSAT designation was SO-35 (Sunsat Oscar 35).
Specifications [ edit ]
Size: 45 x 45 x 60 cm
Mass: 64 kg
Launcher: Delta II rocket, Mission P-91
Program size: US $5M (Approximate)
Lifetime: 4–5 years (
NiCad Battery pack life) Main payloads:
Attitude control: Gravity gradient and magnetorquers, reaction wheels when imaging Accuracy: 3 mrad pitch/roll, 6 mrad yaw
2 Micro Particle Impact Detectors were included as part of experiments conducted in orbit
A team (Zaahied Cassim and Rashid Mohamed) from
Peninsula Technikon designed and built circuits for both their own piezo film technology and NASA supplied capacitive sensors.
Pushboom imager [ edit ]
Ground pixel size: 15 m x 15 m
Image width: 51.8 km
References [ edit ]