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The Stellenbosch UNiversity SATellite is the first miniaturized satellite designed and manufactured in South Africa. It was launched aboard a Delta II rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on 23 February 1999. Sunsat was built by post-graduate engineering students at the University of Stellenbosch. Its AMSAT designation was SO-35 (Sunsat Oscar 35).

It is planned to reenter the atmosphere after about 30 years from launch.[1]


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  1. ^ 19. How long will SUNSAT stay operational?, SUNSAT(SO-35) FAQ
  2. ^ Peat, Chris (5 December 2013). "SUNSAT - Orbit". Heavens Above. Retrieved 6 December 2013.