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P O Box 90438
Garsfontein 0042
South Africa
Tel:  012 991 4662
Fax: 012 991 5651

Email:
saamsat@intekom.co.za


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 SA AMSAT embarked on the development and launching of a South African Amateur satellite. The satellite is based on the CubeSat principle.


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SARL PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR ZR1DE

Deon Coetzee ZR1DX was awarded the SARL President's award 2015. The award, a gold pen, was presented to Deon at the SARL National Convention Gala Dinner and Awards  evening by SARL President Fritz Sutherland ZS6SF.  The event was held in Sasolburg on 21 May 2016 and hosted by the Sasolburg Amateur Radio Club.  Deon received the ward for  his contribution to amateur satellite communications with special reference to his work on  the design and construction of the Kletskous space frame.


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Find out more about the Geostationary Satellite "the DX Satellite". Listen to an interview with Hannes Coetzee ZS6BZP  here


AMSATSA DISPLAY AT F'SATI (CPUT)

Photo by ZR1DE


MAJOR STEP FORWARD IN KLETSKOUS EPS

The electric power system (EPS) is the sub-system that provides the satellite with power. The sub-system started out as a set of specifications and requirements which evolved to a basic block diagram. From there a few simple conceptual experiments eventually led to the first prototype. The first prototype was based on 10 V (open-circuit) solar panels, a 2-cell lithium polymer battery and 2 switch mode step-down converters for 3.3 V and 5 V power conditioning. Taking the risk of fire or explosion was somewhat justified by the good energy to weight and power to weight ratio it offered. However, in the meantime a new battery technology has emerged from the laboratory stage to being (fairly) commonly available on the market. This new technology is the lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery. Also based on lithium it still offers a fairly high energy to weight but it is inherently much safer and has electrical characteristics that are very similar to the lithium polymer and lithium ion type batteries. Another advantage is the longer expected lifetime of the LiFePO4 battery.

Learn more about Kletskous and other exciting satellite projects at the AMSAT SA Space Symposium in Pretoria on 28May 2016. Book now to benefit from early bird discounts. Get details on www.amsatsa.org.za.

SA AMSAT SPACE SYMPOSIUM 2016

 Pretoria 28 May 2016

T
he annual SA AMSAT Space Symposium will be held at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria on 28 May 2016.

 

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The theme is  “Make Space Sciences part of your development and free time activity”  

The conference programme will include a real time review on the SA AMSAT Kletskous CubeSat and papers on other projects, technology and space science subjects. 


GREAT INTEREST SHOWN ON KLETSKOUS AT SFSA2015 

SA AMSAT’s stand at the Science Forum South Africa which was held at the CSIR conference centre on 7 and 8 December was visited by many delegates and dignitaries from the Department of Science and Technology, the SA Space Agency and the Education Department. Various elements of Kletskous, SA AMSAT’s CubeSat project were on display with demonstration of the operational prototype of the transponder. 

TAKE YOUR SCIENCE PROJECT INTO SPACE WITH AMATEUR RADIO

SA AMSAT has launched the “Take your science project into space with Amateur Radio” initiative. For more information about the initiative download the information leaflet here


GET INTO SATELLITES WITH FOX 1A

An easy to operate satellite recently launched by AMSAT NA

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CPUT planning a successor to Africa’s first nanosatellite 

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is planning a successor to its first CubeSat and has set it vision on ship-tracking. In a paper presented at the recent SAAMSAT space Symposium in Pretoria Daniel de Villiers, Development Engineer at French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI)  at CUPT, said that  ZACube-2 will be the second satellite in F’SATI’s ZACube-I nanosatellite mission series. These missions are developed at the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI) and the Africa Space Innovation Centre (ASIC) at CPUT with funding principally from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). Development of some subsystems has been ongoing for a number of years and has yielded a suite of commercial CubeSat parts that is ready for use in the satellite.

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AMSAT SA is building its own
space frame

Listen to an interview with Deon Coetzee ZR1DE Click here


African Radio Amateurs will soon have access to a geostationary satellite

In the next few years radio amateurs will have access to two geostationary platforms, one that will service the Americas and another one, particular attractive to South Africans, that will be  positioned at 26° East giving 24 hour access to Africa, Europe and the Middle East. These two geostationary projects will be included in commercial platforms similar to Amateur Radio Satellite (AMSAT) South Africa seeking to have an amateur radio transponder included in South Africa’s next satellite currently designated as EOS-1 (Earth Observation Satellite). Read the full story here


Science Forum South Africa 2015

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DONATE TO KLETSKOUS

SA AMSAT needs your financial support

Please make your contribution. You may pay directly into our account electronically. Please send the payment details with your name, callsign, email and  postal address to saamsat@intekom.co.za .

You will receive an acknowledgment certificate and will be listed on the list of donors. The account details are:

SA AMSAT, ABSA Menlyn   Account no 560 153 171


KLETSKOUS SPONSORS

 

RS, the component supplier in South Africa has become a component sponsor for the KLETSkous project.

RS Components is the market leader in the high service level distribution of electrical, electronic, mechanical & industrial products as well as tools.  Offering over 400 000 products across 2000 leading brands at www.rsonline.co.za, RS serves every sector of industry in the procurement of their products relating to maintenance, repair, operations, low volume production, research and development.

TRAX SPONSOR PCBs for KLETSkous More about  TRAX


Avnet Kopp: a broad line supplier of semiconductors,  passives, magnetics, enclosures, optoelectronic, GPS / GSM, interconnect, electromechanical, embedded products and components


DONORS
Deon Coetzee ZR1DE
Tobile Koni ZS6TKO
Jan van Rooyen ZR5JR
Pravin Ashok
Donald Jacobs ZS2BW
Ray Webber ZS6RSW
Tarries Brink  ZS6MNO
Kempton Park  Amateur Radio Technical Society ZS6KTS
Ray WebberZS6RSW
Anton Janovsky ZR6AIC

 

 

 

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