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.

What does a Proton Launch failure mean to SANSA Space Operations?

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The Proton-M rocket failed to launch on 1 July 2013.  This is one of the main launch vehicles use for launching various satellites from many different suppliers.  This failure is going to have an impact on the SANSA Space Operations business, because some of the launches SANSA is contracted to do in 2013 are scheduled to be on  Proton launch vehicles.  Tiaan Strydom, Business evelopment Manager at Space Operations; "this is very concerning to us as business. We are observing with keen interest all the developments surrounding this failure. For now we are waiting to see if they are going to ground all the Proton launch vehicles and how the investigation is going to evolve," he explains.


Live video showed the Proton gyrating left and then right as it ascended off the pad before going horizontal, barrel rolling and falling into a nose dive. The front end of the rocket sheared away and the main stage erupted in a massive fireball before hitting the ground in a horrific explosion.

SANSA hosted the Department of Science and Technology as they celebrated Public Service Day

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In 2001 the Pan African Conference of Ministers, declared 23 June as Africa Public Service Day (APSD). However, this year the 23rd of June fell on Sunday. The week that started on Monday June 24th saw public servants throughout South Africa embark on that special week.


Since its launch, the Public Service Week (PSW) brings public servants together to commemorate the value and virtue of service delivery improvement to the communities they serve. The aim of celebrating APSD is to recognise and set standards that would restore prestige and dignity to the public service and raise performance levels and competence in government.

On Thursday, 27 June 2013, two of SANSA’s directorates, Space Operations and Earth Observation welcomed dignitaries from Department of Science and Technology (DST) as well as 40 learners from three schools at the SANSA offices in Haartbeeshoek.

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