SANSA Space Operations Services

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TT&C related services

compressedSANSA Space Operations manages and maintains more than 20 antennas and a number of ground stations at Hartebeesthoek. This includes the full-motion TT&C antennas and five remote sensing systems across all frequency bands and in S-band for mobile support.

Services include:
• Applied research development and innovation in key space operations and applications
• Spacecraft launch life-cycle
• Emergency support
• TT&C services
• TOS services
• IOT services
• Hosting services
• Carrier monitoring services
• Systems and radio-frequency engineering
• 24/7 project management and maintenance and antenna
• Ground station installation (procurement, import, logistics, soil testing, civil, electrical, HVAC works, construction, integration, acceptance testing and commissioning)



Antenna2Hartebeesthoek operates around the clock and throughout the year to support satellite launches. The antenna systems are located on 32 secured locations on the 2 890ha site and are available in L, S, C, Ext C, X, Ku, DBS and Ka frequency bands, as well as S-band mobile support. Seven of the 19 antennas are full-motion TT&C antennas.

The TT&C group has been responsible for the construction of most of the infrastructure of the antennas and ground stations at Hartebeesthoek, albeit with assistance from overseas clients where necessary. In 1997, new 13.2m Ku/DBS-band and 13.2 Ka-band antenna systems were installed in a record time of nine months, which included all the civil, mechanical, electrical and electronic systems, to track the launch of Bonum 1 for which the TT&C staff received on-the-job training. And in 2008, the X-band capabilities dedicated to Earth observation data reception at Hartebeesthoek were upgraded with the installation of a new 7. m X-band antenna.

For detailed information on the antennas, go to the Antennas page or click here



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