We are extremely pleased with our baby in space!! Our first pass last night at 20:48 local time was a very low elevation Eastern pass with some mountains obscuring the “view” as well, but the satellite responded beautifully almost immediately after sending the first command from the Stellenbosch ground station!
We received real-time telemetry which suggested that the satellite was already executing an autonomous attitude stabilization maneuver. This was confirmed during the second pass where we also had good communications. This morning the satellite was stable in a sun-Thompson mode.