The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) was established in 2010. Following a period of rapid growth and transition the agency has made significant advancements towards addressing its mandate of deriving greater value from space science and technology for the benefit of South African society.

SA scientists tour Japan

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Japan trip

A group of ten scientists from South Africa departed from the OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday, 24 June 2017, for a four week training and study tour in Japan.

The delegation is comprised of SANSA's stakeholders such as Eskom, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan municipality, Southern mapping, South African Marine Safety Authority (SAMSA), Department of Human Settlements, Transnet National Ports Authority and SANSA.

A successful orbit delivery & tracking

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On 1 JUNE 2017 - Japan deployed the first of three navigation satellites it intends to launch in the next year, sending a 4.4-ton (4-metric ton) spacecraft on the way to a high-altitude orbital perch on top of an H-2A rocket to improve positioning data for drivers, hikers and government agencies in East Asia.

SANSA was contracted to provide Transfer-orbit support services (TOSS) for the QZS-2 satellite for launch plus one day.

To successfully carry this task, the agency had to utilise the HBK-07 KU antenna, which was originally installed in 1998, with its control system literally at the end of its operational life-span and without any support from manufacturers.

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