DynaCube to explore the South Atlantic Anomaly

DynaCube Project Team leaders (L-R) Rick Botha, Jean-Paul Appel, Esabe Brink, Yoshlyn Naidoo ZS6YOG, Motheo Motlhabane, Yolandi Young - Image Credit Denel Dynamics

DynaCube Project Team leaders (L-R) Rick Botha, Jean-Paul Appel, Esabe Brink, Yoshlyn Naidoo ZS6YOG, Motheo Motlhabane, Yolandi Young – Image credit Denel Dynamics

The Southern African Amateur Radio Satellite Association (SA AMSAT) report that after launch DynaCube, a one-unit CubeSat being constructed by Interns at the Denel Dynamics Engineering Academy, will be exploring the South Atlantic Anomaly during orbits over the area.

It is hoped the Cubesat will launch in late 2013 or 2104. SA AMSAT say the cost of a launch for this 1U CubeSat could be as high as 1,300,000 Rand (£92,000 or $140,000).

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DYNACUBE – Denel Dynamics Interns make good progress

DynaCube – Picture by Keith Campbell

The SARL report that three members of the DynaCube CubeSat team have now got their amateur radio licenses and more will be taking the exam in May.

The 2012 Interns from the Denel Dynamics Engineering Academy of Learning have made good progress with their DynaCube Satellite project. The Interns are all engineers who last year graduated from various universities in South Africa and spend a year working on a project before they are assigned to various departments in the company.

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South African CubeSat DynaCube

Image of a CubeSat in Space

DynaCube is a 1U CubeSat intended to take pictures of the earth that also carries temperature sensors and radiation detectors.

It plans to have a VHF CW beacon and a separate VHF 1200 bps GMSK telemetry downlink.

It is intended to launch from Baikonur into a Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

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