The F’SATI International Master’s Programme

The F’SATI Academic Programme affords students the opportunity to follow a Franco-South African dual-degree course that results in graduation with MTech/MEng Electrical Engineering from Cape Peninsula University of Technology and MSc Electric and Electronic Systems Engineering from ESIEE (Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique), Paris. This course follows the European Credit Transfer System and has been re-accredited for the six years until 2022 by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE).

Academic Programme

The Academic Programme comprises the following modules:

Module ECTS (Credits)
Semester 1 (January – June)  
Signal Theory 6
Scientific Computing & Programming 6
Optimisation Theory 6
Embedded Systems 6
Research Methodology 2
French Language Skills (DELF) 3
Subtotal: 29
Semester 2 (July – December)  
Engineering Management 6
Satellite Applications 6
Space Mission Analysis & Design 6
Engineering for Space Environment 7
Satellite Subsystems 6
Subtotal: 31
Semester 3 (January – June)  
Research Project 30
Total: 90  

Admission requirements

A BTech in Engineering (or a relevant NQF level 8 qualification ) in a field applicable to satellite engineering, such as Electrical, Mechanical or Mechatronics Engineering, with an average of 65% and a minimum of 65% for Mathematics IV and Industrial Project IV.  A lively interest in the space sciences and applications thereof, as well as appropriate research and writing skills to actively participate in research and development projects are required.

Please contact Prof Elmarie Biermann (bierman@xsinet.co.za) for enquiries regarding the admission and applications process.


CubeSat Projects at CPUT

Below is a list of past research projects undertaken in the group.

 

MTech/MSc Project Titles and Supervisors
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Adjei-Frimpong, Bernard
Improving the power bus technology of a nano-satellite
Prof. MTE Kahn
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Siebrits, Renier
Implementation of an S-band phase-locked loop for a nano-satellite
Mr C Whaits, Prof. R van Zyl
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Bakari, Salim Rashid
Solar panel development for high altitude and low earth orbit applications
Prof. MTE Kahn
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Hidayat, DeddyNur
Development of flight software for a nano-satellite on-board computer
Prof. E Jansen
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Kauvi, Lukas TonateniPombili
Ultra-high frequency (UHF) transceiver for a CubeSat
Prof. R van Zyl
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Khotso, Abram Patsa
Implementation of an S-band antenna for nano-satellite applications
Prof. R van Zyl
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
MadibaIloumbou, MaryseLydie
Establishing a virtual IP-network incorporating open source network management and capacity planning technologies
Mr A Brandt
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Sibanda, Matthew
Electromagnetic compatibility design and implementation plan for a nano-satellite
Prof. R van Zyl
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Bester, Jean Ernst
Electrical power system for a CubeSatnano-satellite
Mr BBJ Groenewald, Dr RH Wilkinson
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Kleynhans, Jacques Dawid
A field programmable gate array based camera payload for a CubeSatnano-satellite
Dr RH Wilkinson, Mr BBJ Groenewald
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Royi, Nyameko
Ultra-high frequency frequency modulation telemetry transmitter for CubeSats
Prof. R van Zyl, Mr DF Visser
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Blomerus, Zak Olaf
The design and construction of an S-band receiver with a QPSK demodulator for the ground station of a nano-satellite system
Mr C Whaits, Prof. R van Zyl
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Mubinya, Antone Betrano Omondi
Techniques to optimize data transmission in fiber optic cable
Prof. MTE Kahn
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Roman, Morné
Mode-stirrers for high frequency electromagnetic compatibility measurements in reverberation chambers
Prof. R van Zyl
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Siziba, Electdom
Evaluation of a fluxgate magnetometer for a CubeSat
Prof. R van Zyl
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Smit, Solomon
Design and implementation of a linescan imager for a CubeSat
Prof. R van Zyl, Prof. E Jansen, Mr A Barnard
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
TadadjeuSokeng, Ifriky
Matrix-based parallel implementation of the Monte Carlo particle simulation technique
Prof. R van Zyl, Prof. E Biermann
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Nsumbu, Cassandra Daviane
Development of soft-core based controller for power electronic applications
Dr RH Wilkinson
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Quibell, Jason
Digital control of a class-D amplifier
Dr RH Wilkinson, Prof H du Toit Mouton
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Steenkamp, Leon du Toit
Wireless sensor network monitoring using the simple network management protocol
Dr RH Wilkinson, Mr S Kaplan
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Louw, Enrico Fransco
Design of a diplexer for UHF and L-band communication on a CubeSatnano-satellite
Prof. R Lehmensiek
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Makolomakwe, KgomotsoMirriam
A baseband modem for a CubeSat UHF transceiver
Prof. R van Zyl, Mr DF Visser
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Chinyika, Edgar
Design and development of embedded software for store and forward communication system for a nano-satellite
Prof. E Biermann, Prof. R van Zyl
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
SagououMinko, Flavien
Development of a nanosat HF-beacon for space-weather radar calibration
Prof. R van Zyl
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Louw, Etnard Wynand
The design and construction of an L-band receiver with FM demodulation for a nano-satellite application
Mr C Whaits, Prof. R van Zyl
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Mutch, Gavin Alexander
Development of a reliable analogue switch-mode power system for use in a CubeSat
Dr RH Wilkinson
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Lumbwe, Lwabanji Tony
Development of a modular on-board computer (OBC) for a CubeSat nano-satellite
Dr RH Wilkinson
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Ogunyanda, Kehinde
A SQUID magnetometer for nanosatellite space weather misisons
Dr Wilfred Fritz, Prof Robert van Zyl
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Ilutu, Danny Makimi
Development of a linear power control system for a nano-satellite
Prof. MTE Kahn
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Nabongo, Stephen Sande
Design and construction of a reverberation chamber for electromagnetic compatibility measurements
Prof. R van Zyl
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Liu, Zhao
Development of a lab scale position measurement system for state estimation of a moving body
Mr WLO Fritz
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Kleynhans, Jacques
A field programmable gate array based camera payload for a CubeSat nanosatellite
Prof Richardt Wilkinson
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Makolomakwe, Kgomotso
A baseband modem for a CubeSat UHF transceiver
Prof Robert van Zyl, Mr DF Visser
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Tshilaba, Kazadi Richard
Design of a power system simulator of the GSE, including a solar panel simulator and a means to test fault conditions
Prof. MTE Kahn
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s
Royi, Nyameko
UHF FM telemetry transmitter for CubeSats
Prof Robert van Zyl, Mr DF Visser
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Motjolopane, Bokang Patrick
A power harvesting technique to facilitate energy conversion in distributed wireless sensor networks
Prof. R van Zyl
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Kauvi, Lukas
UHF FM receiver for a CubeSat
Prof. R van Zyl, Mr DF Visser
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Davids, Vernon Pete
The development of a phase shifter for utilisation in ultra wideband electromagnetic energy harvesting
Prof. R van Zyl
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s
Shidhika, Fenni
Estimation of the direction of arrival of signals from nano-satellites using antenna interferometry
Prof. Pierre Cilliers, Dr Kessie Govender
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Kiyang, Silvanus Teneng
A wireless sensor network experimental platform for industrial automation applications
Prof. R van Zyl
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Bangani, SiyandiswaJuanitta
Investigation into adaptive antenna array techniques for indoor wireless local area networks
Prof. R van Zyl
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Wanyama, Wenslaus
Implementation of a cost-effective broadband communication link for regional video conferencing
Prof. R van Zyl, Prof. E Jansen
Student:
Title:
Supervisor/s:
Jooste, CharlRoelof
Development of a generic digital controller for power electronic applications
Dr RH Wilkinson

CubeSat Projects at CPUT