ET-SMART-RSS Satellite

Spacecraft ET-SMART-RSS (EthSat6U, ET= Ethiopia/ ESSTI and SMART= Beijing Smart Satellite Technology and RSS=Remote Sensing Satellite, Zhixing-1A, Zhixing No. 1 A Star)
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Mass in kg 8.9 kg
Status Reentry 2023-10-21. Was operational (Official post on Smart Satellite website on 2020-12-23 and photos from 2020-12-26)
Launched 2020-12-22
NORAD ID 47300
Deployer Unknown
Launcher Long March 8 (CZ-8)
Entity name Ethiopian Space Science & Technology Institute (ESSTI)
Institution Institute
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation (HQ) Ethiopia
Nation (AIT) China
Manufacturer AIVT by Smart Satellite
Operator Smart Satellite
Partners Smart Satellite
Costs $1.5 million in total funded jointly by the Belt & Road Initiative and Sunny Group.

Provide earth observation services to China and African countries.


Provide earth observation services to China and African countries, as well as strengthen collaboration between ESSTI and SMART who have set out to jointly do business in Africa.

Team at ESSTI prepared the preliminary design of the satellite and then the critical design. Smart Satellite handled the manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing (MAIT) in close consultation with the ESSTI team.

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Photo sources [1] [2]
Keywords First CubeSat of country
Space photos ET-SMART-RSS


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