ZACUBE-2-5 Satellite

Satellite name ZACUBE-2 (FireSat, MDASat)
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Reentry 2024-04-24. Was operational? (Latest announcement on social media on 2020-12-27. SatNOGS does not have reports with data. Checked on 2023-06-10)
Launched 2018-12-27
NORAD ID 43907
Deployer QuadPack (XL) [ISISpace]
Launcher Sojuz-2-1b
Organization Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Country South Africa
Launch brokerer ISILaunch
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

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


Testbed 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.


Images taken and X-band transmitter tested at 50 Mbps.

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Photo sources [1]
Keywords AIS
Space photos ZACUBE-2-5ZACUBE-2-5


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