The Satellite Application Centre (SAC) book was created in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the CSIR Satellite Applications Centre at Hartebeesthoek, now incorporated under the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and known as Space Operations. The idea of this commemorative book was born in 2010 and the aim was to bring to life SAC's participation in major space programmes, from the pioneering NASA days in the 1960s and 1970s, to the launch of SumdandilaSat, South Africa's own, locally manufactured micro Earth observation satellite in 2009. The SAC story however, began in 1957 when a Minitrack Station was established in South Africa to support the United States space research programme and the launch of the world's first artificial satellite by the Russians known as Sputnik-1. The CSIR's involvement in both these activities set the course for South Africa's participation in space activities.
The SAC period brought closure to South Africa's first era in space exploration, however, the current era, steered by SANSA has brought about an increasing reliance on space-based applications to address major societal challenges in the country and worldwide. This website has been created to extend the scope of the book with contributions from everyone who shared the SAC journey. We take pleasure in inviting colleagues, partners, families and friends locally and abroad with an interest, or who participated in SAC's history, to share memories, stories and photographs on this site so that the SAC story lives on. Our thanks go to everyone who contributed to the development of this book.
In an effort to remain transparent and relevant, we bring you the SANSA Year-to-date performance highlights. Should you wish to review the Annual report for 2014/15 Financial Year, it can be found here
Learners working on satellite designs
We live in an era of great space discoveries, more so than ever in our past. This year's theme of 'Discovery' is meant to highlight the impact space has on our lives and the various discoveries, be they on Earth or in deep space, made by investment and research into space science and technology.
Space is all about Discovery!
Since its United Nations declaration in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth.
World Space week was declared by the General Assembly to be an annual celebration from 4-10 October of the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of humanity.
In South Africa, it was decided to move the commemoration date to 14-18 September 2015 in order to pilot the celebrations before the learners commence with exam preparations (in October).
This week, our teams together with Department of Science and Technology and partner entities will be in the Northern Cape to bring the excitement and impact of space science to the learners and public in this province. The programme for the week aims to reach as many learners in the Northern Province in a radius of about 200km from Kuruman culminating in the official opening of the World Space Week in Kuruman with government VIPs and the public. The teams participating in the opening will be exhibiting and hosting workshops for learners as well.
Running concurrently in the Western Cape will be an interesting Space Talk on life in Antarctica and monitoring the space environment from this remote location. It is a free public lecture on 17 September at 19:00 and you can get more information from http://www.sansa.org.za/spacescience
Our mobile Space Lab will also be taking the practical space science experience to learners in the rural Western Cape during this week.
Watch this space for updates from our teams during this week's activities!
SANSA will participate in the National Science Week (NSW) 2015 celebrations scheduled to take place from 1-8 August 2015. NSW, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, is a countrywide celebration of science involving various stakeholders conducting science-based activities in all nine provinces.
NSW activities will be officially launched by Minister Naledi Pandor, at the University of North West in Mafikeng on 1 August 2015.
The campaign is aimed at celebrating the role that science, mathematics, engineering and technology play in everyday life and inspiring young people to choose studies/ careers in maths and science. This year celebrations will take place under the theme; "The international year of light and light based technologies".
As part of its vision to position South Africa as an international Hub for Space Solutions for the world of the future, SANSA will hold a range of exciting events in five provinces, Eastern cape, Northern cape, North West, Mpumalanga and Western cape. These events include among others; public lectures, open days, learner outreach activities and exhibitions. SANSA is committed to advancing science and technology in development of the knowledge economy of South Africa while contributing value adding products and services in enabling enhanced service delivery.
We hope to have you join our eager teams and learn more about space and how it touches your everyday life. Find our programme here Event NSW.pdf
SANSA Board on oversight visit
The South African National Space Agency was honoured to welcome its Board members on their oversight visit. The purpose of the visit was to get to know the staff members on the ground and to familiarise themselves with the day to day operation of the directorate. Delegations of 11 board members led by the Board chairperson Ms Joy-Marie Lawrence were in attendance. They were welcomed by SANSA CEO Dr Sandile Malinga and his senior management team.
Dr Jane Olwoch, Managing Director of SANSA welcomed guests and gave a brief summary of all critical staff members and their respective roles. She highlighted progress made since 2012 particularly the fact that the Directorate has increased the sensor portfolio from 2 to 5 and the number of products from 2 to 7.
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