SANSA Space Operations Programmes and Projects

SANSA Space Operations maintains exceptionally high service standards in an industry with little margin for error. Our 50-year track record of successfully supporting clients to complete their space missions and stakeholders to apply satellite technologies in all spheres of daily living for people across the African region, speaks for itself.

Navigation Programme

Navigation2Combining creative energies and leading-edge technologies to provide real-world solutions to everyday challenges – our greater goal is excellence in helping South Africa take its place among the space-faring nations of the world.

SANSA Space Operations participates in satellite navigation through applications development for the Southern African Development Community (SADC), ESESA FP7 participation for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) extension to Southern Africa, primarily for aviation, capacity building in local navigation signals, Southern African Satellite-based Augmentation System (SBAS) development.

The vast range of satellite navigation applications, such as in mining and agriculture, environmental and disaster management, surveys mapping, Earth sciences and transportation and education, will be explored specifically for the benefit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The Gen House Power Station Upgrade Project

websiteOn the 18 October 2012, Frikkie Meyer, SANSA Space Operations Maintenance Manager, and the Gen House staff eagerly awaited the arrival of the new Euro Diesel.

This fully automated 1000Kva machine has an electrically driven dynamic flywheel which runs parallel to the main grid. In the event of power interruptions, this new machine is designed and capable of carrying the full load until the diesel engine starts and takes over as the power source; whereas with the older 500Kva machines staff experience a 30 second drop in power once the main grid switches off, prior to the generator taking the load.

One of the main benefits of the Euro Diesel is that the antenna motors can be connected directly to its Dynamic UPS, resulting in a no-break system. This will help us achieve a 100% pass rate if the station should experience a break in electricity which is not currently the case. According to Meyer, the long term effect is that the normal battery UPS systems will be phased out over a period of time.

The machine has been commissioned and Rudi Kamstra and Kowie Viljoen are responsible for overseeing the entire  project.

New Ku-IOT antenna Project

Ku-IOTDue to the high demand and increased workload on the Ku-band antenna, SANSA decided to acquire a dedicated Ku-IOT antenna. The antenna will be capable of accommodating more IOTs which will result in the existing Ku-band being dedicated to TOSS missions only. The Ku-IOT will be delivered to HBK by the end of January 2013 and will become operational by mid April 2013.



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