On 2 July 2014, NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite was successfully launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Minutes later, the Hartebeesthoek (HBK) ground station in South Africa acquired the rocket signal and was able to provide live video feed to United Launch Alliance (ULA).
ULA launched the Delta II rocket carrying the OCO-2 spacecraft at 11:56 CAT. At 12:45 CAT, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) acquired the rocket signal. "Our coverage included the second stage burn-2 and live video footage of the spacecraft separation," explains Yunus Bhayat, Operations Manager at SANSA Space Operations. "SANSA's exclusive location and technical expertise put us in a position to monitor these key events, as they take place over the African airspace," Bhayat adds.