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Mission type Space weather
Operator Cape Peninsula University of Technology
COSPAR ID 2013-066B
SATCAT № 39417
Website /
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 (2013-11-21T07:10:17Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Dnepr-1
Launch site Dombarovsky 370/13
Contractor Kosmotras
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 596 kilometres (370 mi)[2]
Apogee 681 kilometres (423 mi)[2]
Inclination 97.75 degrees[2]
Period 97.36 minutes[2]
Epoch 24 January 2015, 03:15:51 UTC[2]

ZACube-1 (TshepisoSat), 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

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


Launch site

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

See also


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External links

  • French South African Institute of Technology (Spacecraft operator)
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • South African National Space Agency (SANSA)
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