Mission Objectives

  • Technology demonstration of AIS/VDE message reception using the primary payload
  • Technology demonstration of a medium resolution imager payload
  • Human capacity development (HCD)
  • Flight heritage for F’SATI/CPUT hardware and also hardware from technology partner ESL

Current Status

updated 2019-01-23
  • Launched on 27 December 2018 02:07:00 UTC from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.
  • Launch was 3 months, 29 days, 6 hours, 19 minutes ago.
  • Undergoing commissioning.

 

Spacecraft

The satellite makes use of the CubeSat form factor and contains a mix of in-house developed and commercial-of-the-self components. Components are sourced from Clyde Space and Innovative Solutions In Space. ZACube-2 is South Africa’s most advanced CubeSat yet.

The UHF/VHF transceiver together with the S-band transmitter used on ZACube-2 was developed and built in-house at F’SATI/CPUT.

Payload

  • VHF AIS/VDE receiver
  • Medium resolution CMOS imager

Details

  • Satellite name: ZACube-2
  • Satellite Catalog ID: TBC
  • International Designator: TBC
  • Transceiver modulation and data rates: UHF AX.25 9600 bps GMSK
  • Satellite transceiver manufacturer: CPUT/F’SATI
  • Satellite antenna polarization: Linear
  • Payload Transmitter modulation and data rates: S-band 2 Mbps QPSK
  • Payload Transmitter manufacturer: CPUT/F’SATI

 

ZACube-2 in the media

Eye in the sky to monitor SA’s oceans – BDLive
 

ZACube-2 preliminary payload data

Below is an image showing the positions of ocean vessels from which ZACube-2 received AIS messages during a short switch-on test on 1 January 2019.
 
 

Ocean vessel position from AIS messages received by ZACube-2