Satellite Technology news
South African National Space Agency(SANSA) introduces Ku band Antenna for In Orbit Test of satellites at its space operations facility, in Hartbeesthoek, near Brits.
This 10 meter Ku band antenna along with In Orbit Test equipments will help clients in successfully commissioning new satellites.
The initiative is taken by SANSA to introduce this antenna due to growing demand by satellite owners to equip ground facilities to test the in orbit communications performance of new geostationary satellites.
Uplink performance of the antenna is specified with EIRP of 85 dBW and downlink performance better than 35 dB/K.
SANSA is also working towards construction of South Africa's third satellite, EO-SAT1.
South Africa's space landscape was transformed with the launch of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) on 9 Dec. 2010. SANSA comprises a Corporate office which oversees the overall operational capability of SANSA, the Earth Observation directorate (currently based in Hartebeesthoek), Space Operations directorate (formerly the Satellite Aplication Centre - located in Hartebeesthoek) and Space Science directorate (former Hermanus Magnetic Observatory - located in Hermanus).