SunSpace was established in 2000 as a spin-off from Stellenbosch University following the successful launch of SUNSAT by NASA with a Delta-II launch vehicle. During the past decade SunSpace has developed and delivered numerous satellite components, subsystems and two flight model satellite, now operational in space. This blog documents the mission of Sumbandila (funded by the DST), launched on a Soyuz-2.1b on 17 September 2009. SunSpace places a high premium on a strong partnership with the South African Government for supplying the ongoing satellite needs of our government.

24 September 2009

Sumbandila Two-Line-Element (TLE) set

Peterson AFB in America informed us that they have incorrectly labeled Sumbandila as Fregat-IRIS. They are part of the radar tracking network responsible for uniquely identifying over 20,000 objects in Earth orbit! We have therefore up to now tracked the Fregat-Iris (35867) in stead of Sumbandila (35870). 

After correcting the TLE information, our communication with the satellite is more consistent and reliable. 

We intend to affect the improvements that we made to our ground station equipment, to the SAC ground station in the coming week.

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Current Keplerian Elements

Last Update: 1 Febr 2010
Element set: 404

1 35870U 09049F   10032.48635300  .00000433  00000-0  21444-4 0  4040
2 35870 097.3525 084.8560 0011505 166.1189 300.7196 15.22856092 20818