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.

03 November 2009

ADCS code updated

We have completed a major Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) software code upload to the satellite.  As a result the satellite is once again in a Nadir-pointing attitude.

In addition, we continued with periodic scheduling of the SA-AMSAT payload and recently had contacts through the satellite from the USA and Australia.

We are now working towards obtaining the first high-resolution images from the on-board linescan and matrix detectors.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How long is it going to take to release the pl tones to communicate through the satellite? If your trying to test out the satellite open it up for use to allow it to be tested. Allowing only so many people to test it isnt going to get much testing out of it. Post the tones so we can give you feedback on the satellite. The progress being made on the satellite is taking too long. Let the amateur community test the onboard radio.

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