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SUMBANDILA is classified as:


NORAD ID: 35870
Int'l Code: 2009-049F
Perigee: 325.9 km
Apogee: 329.9 km
Inclination: 97.0 °
Period: 90.9 minutes
Semi major axis: 6698 km
RCS: 0.3225 m2 (medium)
Launch date: September 17, 2009
Source: South Africa (SAFR)
Launch site: TYURATAM MISSILE AND SPACE COMPLEX (TTMTR)

Uplink (MHz): 145.875
Downlink (MHz): 435.345
Beacon (MHz): 435.300
Mode: FM tone 233.6Hz
Call sign:
Status: Inactive


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   21215.06439890  .00034860  00000-0  16127-3 0  9996
2 35870  96.9743 250.5754 0002950 127.0910 293.6253 15.83425069668842
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC