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

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.

Support of International Launches

SANSA provided launch support to INTELSAT 20 satellite, weighing 6094 kg and built by SPACE SYSTEMS LORAL in Palo Alto (California) for INTELSAT SATELLITE LLC in Luxembourg. INTELSAT 20 will deliver high-power distribution of video, voice and data network services over Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Asia. It will replace the INTELSAT 7 and INTELSAT 10 satellites who is currently the main satellite supporting the South African DSTV

Another support service was rendered to HYLAS 2 satellite, weighing 3311 kg and, manufactured by ORBITAL in Dulles (USA - Virginia) for AVANTI Communications, listed on the London Stock Exchange. HYLAS 2 will provide Ka- Band coverage of Northern and Southern Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East for data transmissions services.  SANSA SO also supported the IOT campaign of both these satellites.

SANSA also supported the TOSS mission for SES 5 for Intelsat, also called Sirius 5. This is a commercial communications Satellite that was built by Space Systems/Loral and is operated by SES World Skies. It will become part of the SES Fleet of Satellites. 

First Aid and Fire Fighting

Staff at the Hartebeesthoek ground station are encouraged to attend the First Aid and Fire Fighting Courses that are held every two years. The directorate is located in a remote area far from hospitals, so in the event of a first aid emergency or fire outbreak, staff should be educated on how to deal with the specific situation.

First Aid               Fire Fighting

SANSA contributes to a Greener South Africa

Raoul  TiaanThe 1 – 7 September 2012 was declared National Arbor Week. In support of this initiative, employees at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) took a few hours off their busy schedules on Friday the 7 September 2012, and braved the cold weather to celebrate National Arbor Month by caring for the indigenous trees on the antenna farm situated in the Magaliesberg mountain range.

SANSA celebrates Curiosity’s successful landing on Mars

The latest space and technological success has landed on the surface of Mars. After travelling 567 million kilometres, at a speed of 15 200 kilometres per hour, Mars rover Curiosity was automatically lowered by cables from a hovering 'crane' lifted by rocket thrusters.


A Curiosity image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

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