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    SUMBANDILA can be found in the following categories:
    Earth resources
    Amateur radio

    NORAD ID: 35870
    Int'l Code: 2009-049F
    Perigee: 441.6 km
    Apogee: 446.4 km
    Inclination: 97.1 °
    Period: 93.5 minutes
    Semi major axis: 6822 km
    Launch date: September 17, 2009
    Source: South Africa (SAFR)
    Comments: Sumbandila is a South African micro earth observation satellite. The first part of the name, Sumbandila, is from the Venda language and means "lead the way". The University of Stellenbosch, SunSpace and the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) were key players in constructing SumbandilaSat. The CSIR's Satellite Application Centre (CSIR-SAC) will be responsible for operations, telemetry, tracking, control as well as data capturing. SumbandilaSat is part of a closely integrated South African space programme and will serve as a research tool to investigate the viability of affordable space technology. Furthermore, the data will be used to, amongst others, monitor and manage disasters such as flooding, oil spills and fires within Southern Africa.

    Two Line Element Set (TLE):

    1 35870U 09049F   15115.12180693  .00020844  00000-0  51135-3 0  9994
    2 35870 097.1391 132.6230 0003493 076.9081 355.7316 15.40721075311942
    Source: AFSPC

    NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog entry for SUMBANDILA

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