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Mission type Space weather
Operator Cape Peninsula University of Technology
COSPAR ID 2013-066B
SATCAT № 39417
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type 1U CubeSat
Manufacturer Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Launch mass 1.2 kilograms (2.6 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 21 November 2013, 07:10:17 (2013-11-21UTC07:10:17Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Dnepr-1
Launch site Dombarovsky 370/13
Contractor Kosmotras
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 598 kilometres (372 mi)[2]
Apogee 683 kilometres (424 mi)[2]
Inclination 97.76 degrees[2]
Period 97.40 minutes[2]
Epoch 4 October 2014, 03:37:07 UTC[2]

ZACube-1 (TshepisoSat)[citation needed], is a South African CubeSat that carries a high frequency beacon transmitter to be used for space weather research. launched 21 November 2013 on a Dnepr-1 launch vehicle from Yasny, Russia.[3] Tshepiso is the seSotho word for promise.

Mission objectives[edit]

  • Space weather research
  • Education and training
  • Technology demonstration
  • Catalyst for national nano-satellite programme


Launch site[edit]

The launch site at the Dombarovsky, and can be found at the following coordinates:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "ZACUBE Satellite details 2013-066B NORAD 39417". N2YO. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Russia's Dnepr launches South Africa's ZACUBE-1 into space". Times LIVE. Nov 21, 2013. 

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