South Africa’s Third Satellite and First CubeSat

Successfully Launched on:

November 21, 2013 at 07:10:10.147 UTC


Details on ZACUBE-1

See the News section for updates

Up-to-date information on Twitter


The earth as seen by TshepisoSat
The earth as seen by TshepisoSat, see News – 13 March

French South African Institute of Technology

In response to an increasing demand by South African research institutes, universities and industry for students with a solid background and specialised skills, F’SATI offers an international Master of Science programme in Electronic Engineering.The programme is offered in collaboration with ESIEE-Paris, a graduate school in electronic engineering in France.

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The Department of Science and Technology has an ambitious 10 year plan, based on certain “grand challenges”. One of these grand challenges relates to Space Science and Technology. Much activity and innovation is expected in this field in the near future. Prepare yourself with a postgraduate qualification that specialises in Satellite Engineering and be part of an exciting programme.


Our linkages include, but are not limited to, the following:

French South African Institute of Technology –

Cape Peninsula University of Technology –
Department of Science and Technology –
Department of Trade and Industry –
National Research Foundation –
South African National Space Agency –
iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences –
EcoleSupérieured’Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique –
Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Paris Ile-de-France –
CubeSat homepage –
ClydeSpace, Scotland (supplier of CubeSat subsystems) –
Innovative Solutions In Space, Netherlands (supplier of CubeSat subsystems) –
Polytechnic of Namibia –

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Staff of the unit

National Management Team
Prof Yves Blanchard – Scientific Director (
Dr Anish Kurien – Director, Tshwane University of Technology node
Prof Robert van Zyl – Director, CPUT node

Management Team at CPUT
Prof Robert van Zyl – Director: Satellite Programme (
Mr Ben Groenewald – Head of Department: Electrical Engineering (
Mr Francois Visser – Chief Technical Architect (Lecturer: Satellite Systems and Operations) (
Mr Angus Brandt – Academic Officer (Lecturer: System Simulation) (
Mr Siyabonga Copiso – Manager: Government and Industry Affairs (
Mr Ian van Zyl – Manager: Operations, Finances and Communications (
Ms Cindy Engel – Secretary (
Adjunct Prof Elmarie Biermann – Lecturer
Adjunct Prof Robert Lehmensiek – Lecturer
Adjunct Prof Ben Opperman – Lecturer
Adjunct Prof Pierre Cilliers – Lecturer

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