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.

Women taking on a previously male-dominated profession

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Satellite TechniciansSANSA Space Operations is proud to welcome two vibrant, young ladies to the Satellite Operations team, as In-Service Trainees.

More Enicca Moloi (MM) and Betty Ntebogeng Ntlhe (BN) are both students from Tshwane South College who have completed all theoretical modules and the required practical training at the institute's training centre. On completion of their in-service training, both ladies will be awarded with a Diploma in Electrical Engineering: Heavy Current.

So you may ask yourself is it coincidence that the new trainees are both women, study at the same institute, are working towards the same qualification and are both working predominantly with men? We chat to Yunus Bhayat (YB), SANSA Space Operations TT&C Manager; More and Betty about what the job of a Satellite Operations Technician entails:

Photo: Betty Ntebogeng Ntlhe (left) and More Enicca Moloi (right), two in-service trainees at SANSA Space Operations

Launching Balloons in Antarctica

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BARRELSANSA Space Science is a key player in the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) and has several on-going space science and space weather related projects in Antarctica, as well as Marion Island and Gough Island.

SANSA is particularly interested in Antarctica research because it is an ideal location for scientists to study space weather. The inward-curving magnetic field lines at the pole provide the perfect opportunity to do space particle research. This opens up a unique window into geo-space, which allows SANSA to study the Earth's magnetosphere, ionosphere and other related space weather phenomena.

During summer take-over at the South African Antarctic base SANAE IV, the SANSA Space Science team assisted in a NASA funded project as part of the first science campaign of the Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses (BARREL) project.

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