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.

The KSAT Antenna Inauguration ceremony, a collaboration between SANSA and KSAT

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KSATThe 4 December marked the official unveiling of the KSAT antenna, a symbol of increasing cooperation between South Africa and Norway, in the Space industry.

Kongsberg Satellite Services AS (KSAT) is a commercial Norwegian company that initiated talks with the then CSIR Satellite Applications Centre, now a directorate of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA); in November 2009 to host an antenna in support of earth observation data. "The unique positioning of SANSA's Space Operations ground station makes it an ideal location to position an antenna for optimum data downloading," explained Rolf Skatteboe, KSAT President. "This, together with the SANSA's world-class facilities made it an easy choice for us."

The project commenced in February 2011 and became fully operational in June 2011. "Since early 2012, more than 1000 earth observation images have been downloaded via the antenna, with an excellent pass rate of 99.2%," adds Tiaan Strydom,International Business Manager at SANSA Space Operations and KSAT Project Manager.

This auspicious event was marked with an overview of the project followed by the breaking of a champagne bottle against the antenna by HE Ambassador Kari Maren Bjørnsgaard from the Norwegian Embassy.

SANSA Space Operations hosts the SATSA training workshops and is part of the EGSA Task Force

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SATSAEugene Avenant, TT&C Director at SANSA Space Operations; is part of the South African delegation working on an architectural study for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS) in South Africa (EGSA).

EGNOS is Europe's augmentation system for GPS, and is similar to other Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) worldwide. EGNOS increases GPS accuracy and supports applications requiring high precision by correcting errors caused by atmospheric disturbance factors.

The first EGNOS in South Africa (EGSA) Task Force meeting took place in Brussels from 1-3 October 2012. "The main objective of the Task Force is to prepare a proposal detailing the requirements around the implementation of EGNOS in South Africa," Avenant says.

In preparation for SBAS being deployed in South Africa SANSA along with its European partners is completing an FP7 project to prepare industry for this.

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