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.

17 November 2009

First high-resolution images

We have received the first images from the main payload (6-band imager) at the capture station at the Overberg Test Range (OTB).  With this significant milestone we have confirmed that the imager electronics and mass memory storage are working as expected.  Over the next couple of weeks we will perform various system calibration functions to further optimize the image quality.

The first officially released image will be sent to the Department of Science and Technology when available. The Department may publish the particular image at its own convenience. Further images on this blog will be published with the consent of the Department.

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Current Keplerian Elements

Last Update: 1 Febr 2010
Element set: 404

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2 35870 097.3525 084.8560 0011505 166.1189 300.7196 15.22856092 20818