Sumbandila (meaning "lead the way" in Venda language), is a South African micro Earth observation satellite. The University of Stellenbosch and SunSpace were key players in constructing SumbandilaSat. SANSA space operations, Pretoria is responsible for operations, telemetry, tracking, control as well as data capturing. SumbandilaSat is part of a closely integrated South African space programme and serves 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. It is currently operational.

Mass 83 kg
Dimensions 1 x 0.7 x 0.5 m
Launch date 17/09/2009
Launch site Tyuratam Missile and Space Complex, Baikonur, Russia
Launch vehicle Soyuz rocket
Imaging Payload Multi-spectral imager which has a 6.25m Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) with 6 spectral bands
3 CCD detectors
Experimental Payload VLF radio waves (University of Kwazulu-Natal)
Forced vibrating string (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
Software defined radio (Stellenbosch University)
Space radiation experiment (Stellenbosch University)
Amateur radio transponder (Southern African Amateur Radio Satellite Association)
Email communication system for Dept. of Communication
Orbital status In orbit
Operational status Operational