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.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology launches South Africa's first cube satellite

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The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is set to make history with the launch of South Africa's first CubeSat, a type of nano-satellite, ZACUBE-1.

The launch is set for 21 November 2013 at 09:10:11 (South African Time), atop an RS-2OB rocket (Dnepr) at the Yasny launch base in Russia.
Running on the same amount of the power as a 5-watt bulb, ZACUBE-1 carries a high-frequency beacon that will be used to study the propagation of radio waves through the ionosphere, providing valuable space weather data to the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) Space Science Directorate. It will orbit Earth up to 15 times a day at an altitude of 600km.

Second Mars Mission supported by South Africa

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The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has been identified by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to provide satellite tracking, telemetry and command services to their first Mars operation – the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).


India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). If successful, India would be the fourth space agency to explore the Red Planet.  Image credit

India successfully launched the PSLV-C25 rocket carrying the MOM spacecraft at 11:08 CAT on 5 November 2013. At 12:53 CAT, SANSA's Hartebeesthoek (HBK) ground station acquired the satellite signal and is providing the craft with Transfer-orbit Support services (TOSS) shortly after injection. "The HBK station is ideally located to be the closest point to the satellite per pass," says Pandey Shyam, an ISRO scientist stationed at HBK for the TOSS duration. "The satellite is in its elliptical orbit, and several manoeuvres are planned before the final Mars injection manoeuvre which should take place around 30 November 2013," Shyam adds.

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