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.

Science Advancement Volunteers Join the SANSA Team

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New Exhibits
Two new volunteers, Brigitte Götz and Bafana Gweba, recently joined the SANSA team to assist Elisa Fraser (SANSA Science Advancement Manager) with the Science Advancement Programme for 2013.

The volunteers are graduates from the University of Stellenbosch. Bafana has a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and is originally from Mdantsane, Eastern Cape. Brigitte has a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and matriculated at Hermanus High School. They are extremely excited about their future at SANSA and look forward to exploring space science as well as promoting it to the youth.

Along with our new volunteers, we are delighted to announce three new fascinating exhibits to our Science Centre which demonstrate satellite communication.

To see our new exhibits, the Space Weather Centre and to learn all about SANSA, join the Space Science team in Hermanus every Wednesday at 11:00 for a free tour of our facilities.

SANSA’s Ku-IOT antenna update

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Ku-IOT antennaOn Valentine's Day 2013, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) received an eagerly-awaited gift – a new Ku-IOT antenna. The SANSA Space Operations' 9m Ku-IOT antenna is now being assembled by Stratosat on site, at Hartebeesthoek. The antenna's foundation and equipment shelter were completed prior to the antenna and related equipment arrival, for installation.

This Ku-IOT antenna has been procured in response to the growing demand by satellite owners for ground facilities essential to test the in-orbit communications performance of new geostationary satellites.

The Ku-IOT is a limited motion antenna. It has Ku-band up and downlink, as well as DBS band uplink capability. Uplink performance is specified at an EIRP of 85dBW and downlink performance at better than 35 dB/K. The antenna will be linked into SANSA Space Operations' new IOT facility once the facility has been completed.

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