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Cape Peninsula University of Technology launches South Africa's first cube satellite

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The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is set to make history with the launch of South Africa's first CubeSat, a type of nano-satellite, ZACUBE-1.


The launch is set for 21 November 2013 at 09:10:11 (South African Time), atop an RS-2OB rocket (Dnepr) at the Yasny launch base in Russia.
Running on the same amount of the power as a 5-watt bulb, ZACUBE-1 carries a high-frequency beacon that will be used to study the propagation of radio waves through the ionosphere, providing valuable space weather data to the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) Space Science Directorate. It will orbit Earth up to 15 times a day at an altitude of 600km.

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