What is ZACube-2?

Cubesats are extremely small satellites, in the form of 10 cm cubes and with a mass of up to 1 kg (although there are some made up of two or three such cubes). Developed originally in the US, they are becoming increasingly popular with universities and technological institutes around the world, because of their considerable educational benefits. These tiny satellites have come a long way since Sputnik, the first satellite that was launched in 1957, weighing 83 kg. The success of the CubeSat programme has revolutionised space technology.

Cubesats provide both hands-on experience for engineers and technologists in their design and construction, and, once in orbit, the data needed to support scientific experiments and projects.

ZACube-2 will be placed in orbit at an altitude of 600 km. Its main mission will be to gather data on space weather for the South African National Space Agency. Space weather refers to the ever changing conditions on the Sun and in space that can affect technological systems on Earth or in space, or which could imperil human life or health.

ZACube-2 was designed and built mainly by postgraduate students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in conjunction with SANSA as part of the CubeSat programme.

  • Send in one name per entry form only.
  • You may make photocopies of the entry form, or download copies from the website.
  • Your entry must reach us by 30 June 2018.
  • The organisers will appoint independent judges and their decision will be final.
  • The name becomes the property of the Department of Science & Technology and NRF|SAASTA.
  • For enquiries, contact Jacky Tshokwe, Telephone (012) 391-9326.

Mail it to:                       NAME THE SATELLITE COMPETITION,
                                       c/o SAASTA, PO BOX 1758, PRETORIA 0001
Hand deliver to:           SAASTA, DIDACTA BUILDING,
                                       211 SKINNER STREET, PRETORIA
Email to:                       zacube@saasta.ac.za
Fax to:                           086 460 9860      

Competition Entry Form

Naming the Satellite Competition

Learners in grades 4 – 12 are invited to name South Africa’s nano-satellite ZACube-2. You can win a laptop and a visit to the construction of the satellite in Cape Town.