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SUMBANDILA

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SUMBANDILA is classified as:


NORAD ID: 35870
Int'l Code: 2009-049F
Perigee: 444.6 km
Apogee: 448.7 km
Inclination: 97.1 °
Period: 93.4 minutes
Semi major axis: 6817 km
RCS: 0.3225 m2 (medium)
Launch date: September 17, 2009
Source: South Africa (SAFR)

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.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 35870U 09049F   15181.07464977  .00006952  00000-0  16378-3 0  9995
2 35870 097.1351 197.1261 0002976 120.5927 318.8925 15.42230700322106

Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC

N2YO: 273