The first known CanSat to be designed and built in South Africa, was launched on Saturday 6 November 1999 in the Limpopo Province.
Fitted with a basic Pic Micro controller (programmed as a Morse Code sequencer) and an FM transmitter as payload, ZACan - 1 was ejected from the High Power Rocket (ZA-PathFinder), after the rocket had reached its apogee at a height above ground of 1650m.
ZACan - 1 was retrieved intact within 90m of the launch pad, with minor damage to the recovery parachute (following the landing of the CanSat, the CanSat was dragged for approximately 15m before recovery by the team).
The Morse Code transmitted by the FM transmitter was clearly received by the ground station (portable FM Radio tuned to 103.5Mhz)
|STATUS||CLOSED / SUCCESS|
|MISSION DATE||6 NOVEMBER 1999|
Desing & Build a CanSat
Microcontroller: PicMicro (Morse Code Sequencer)
MESSAGE: "SOUTH AFRICA UNITE"
FM TRANSMITTER - tuned 103.5Mhz
The Completed CanSat, with FM Antenna wire visible.