• Image – 25 July 2014

          Image taken morning of 25 July 2014, showing southern Africa with cold front. Maputo Bay is visible on right.          

  • ISILaunch07 CubeSat Launch support

          On the 19th of June 2014, ISILaunch’s ISILaunch07 mission lifted-off aboard a DNEPR launch vehicle from Yasny, Russia. The ISILaunch part of launch consisted of 22 spacecraft. The mission made use of […]

  • ZACUBE-1 Close Approach Notification – 29 June 2014

          Over the weekend ZACUBE-1 (TshepisoSat) had close approach with another space object. In this case it was a piece of Fengyun 1C debris. The debris was created by a Chinese anti-satellite missile […]

  • SA AMSAT Space Symposium 2014

          We were invited to give a mission update at the SA AMSAT‘s Space Symposium on Saturday (24 May 2014) at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria. The event was well attended and even […]

  • Update time! No mumbo jumbo, just pictures.

          The two pictures below seemed nice enough to write a post about, so here goes. Although pictures of the sun are nice, the earth makes a much better subject. So far we […]

  • ZACUBE-1 Close Approach Notifications

          Week nine of the year will go down as quite an eventful week for ZACUBE-1 (TshepisoSat), literally dodging two bullets involving speeds in the kilometres per second range. The first close approach […]

  • Some more images from TshepisoSat (ZACUBE-1)

          Since the last image was taken by ZACUBE-1 we have managed to squeeze in time to capture three more. Unfortunately none of these are quite as spectacular as the previous one.   […]

  • ZACUBE-1 (TshepisoSat) update – OBC time and beacon decoder

          An updated version of the beacon decoder application is available. Two graphs have been added to give a visual representation of what the on-board computer (OBC) temperature and battery bus voltage are […]

  • South Africa on a clear day, as seen by TshepisoSat!

          What better way to celebrate nearly two months on orbit than with the first image captured by TshepisoSat that shows the earth from space. What makes the image even more special is […]

  • ZACUBE-1 (TshepisoSat) Two-line element set Update

          Early this morning Celestrak’s two-line element (TLE) file for CubeSats was updated to include our satellite name, with the reference to the launch object number being removed. Up to now the TLE […]