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Mission typeSpace weather
OperatorCape Peninsula University of Technology
COSPAR ID2013-066B
SATCAT no.39417
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type1U CubeSat
ManufacturerCape Peninsula University of Technology
Launch mass1.2 kilograms (2.6 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date21 November 2013, 07:10:17 (2013-11-21UTC07:10:17Z) UTC[1]
Launch siteDombarovsky 370/13
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude596 kilometres (370 mi)[2]
Apogee altitude681 kilometres (423 mi)[2]
Inclination97.75 degrees[2]
Period97.36 minutes[2]
Epoch24 January 2015, 03:15:51 UTC[2]

ZACube-1 (TshepisoSat),[3] is a South African CubeSat that carries a high frequency beacon transmitter to be used for space weather research. It was launched 21 November 2013 on a Dnepr launch vehicle from Yasny, Russia.[4] Tshepiso is the seSotho word for promise.

Mission objectives

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


It carried a high frequency beacon transmitter and a low-resolution CMOS camera.

Launch site

The launch site was at the Dombarovsky, and can be found at the following coordinates: 50°48′0″N 059°31′0″E / 50.80000°N 59.51667°E / 50.80000; 59.51667 (Dombarovsky (air base))

See also


  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. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  3. ^ "ZACUBE-1 | French South African Institute of Technology". Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  4. ^ "Russia's Dnepr launches South Africa's ZACUBE-1 into space". Times LIVE. Nov 21, 2013.

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