MDASat-1a (ZACUBE-3, FireSat)

Spacecraft MDASat-1a (ZACUBE-3, FireSat)
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 2U
Status Operational? (Confirmation of communications and commissioning during UN session on 2022-3-29 but no further news found as of 2022-12-24)
Launched 2022-01-13
NORAD ID 50995
Deployer ?
Launcher Falcon 9 (Transporter-3)
Organisation Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Headquarters South Africa
Partners Stellenbosch University, Clyde Space, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Namibia University of Science and Technology, University of Strathclyde

Constellation for a ship-tracking payload (AIS) and imager for ocean color and fire tracking.


Constellation for a ship-tracking payload and will be used to validate the use case of employing nanosatellites in ocean vessel detection through the automatic identification system (AIS) protocol.

Additionally, the satellite will carry medium resolution imagers as a secondary payload to demonstrate the feasibility of using a nanosatellite for imaging applications, such as ocean colour monitoring and fire tracking. S-Band Transmitter. ADCS System Developed by ESL at Stellenbosch University. L-Band Receiver. HF Beacon Payload. 5 MP Camera Payload. Detecting wildfires with a k-line Imager (Potassium Imager).

Payload is a k-line imager developed by the CSIR and provides a method of detecting smaller fires (90 m2) more effectively. This data will be implemented into AFIS, which is the data delivery mechanism for this project.

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Keywords AIS

Last modified: 2023-06-11

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