SOUTHERN AFRICAN AMATEUR RADIO SATELLITE ASSOCIATION (SA AMSAT)

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Registration number  No 55-363

 

   


SA AMSAT
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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Satellite News 110 November 2013

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BOOK NOW FOR THE SA AMSAT SPACE CONFERENCE

The annual SA AMSAT  Space Communication symposium will be held on Saturday 24 May 2014 at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria.

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SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE FOR  SKA

The first scientific paper based on observations performed with South Africa's new KAT-7 radio telescope, has been accepted for publication by the prestigious journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomy Society. "This is a significant milestone for South Africa's SKA project, proving that our engineers are able to deliver a cutting-edge scientific instrument, and that our scientists are able to use it for frontier science," says Derek Hanekom, South Africa's Minister of Science and Technology. Full story plus video here

DEON COETZEE ZR1DE RECEIVES THE MTN GARTH MILNE TECHNOLOGY AWARD

The MTN Garth Milne Technology Award was presented to Deon Coetzee ZR1DE for his support of the SA AMSAT KLETSkous cubesat project at the annual South African Amateur Radio Development Trust Award ceremony.

Deon has designed and developed a space frame that meets international standards and can be launched from the cubesat launch carrier. To date he has built two prototypes and is currently building a third prototype which could become the flight model. In addition he is also working on a mechanism that will allow solar panel to deployed which will provide a great deal more available power to operate the payload. Listen to Deon as he describes the project

 


SA AMSAT ACCELERATING THE KLETSkous CUBESAT PROJECT

SA AMSAT has decided to accelerate their CubeSat project, named KLETSkous and expect to have the first prototype version of the transponder and control system on the table for testing by end February."One of the reasons to speed up development is the quest to have the transponder included as an experimental payload on the ARMC project." Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP said. Jacques Roux, ZR1ADC   is working on the transponder while Brian McKenzie, ZS1BMN is responsible for the control systems.

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SA AMSAT is in need of funding and appeals to radio amateurs to make a financial contribution.


DYNACUBE TO EXPLORE THE SOUTH ATLANTIC ANOMALY

After launch DynaCube, a one-unit CubeSat being constructed by Interns at the Denel Dynamics Engineering Academy will be exploring the South Atlantic Anomaly during orbits over the area.

The South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA), off the coast of Brazil, is an area where the Earth's inner Van Allen radiation belt comes closest to the Earth's surface dipping down to an altitude of 200km This leads to an increased flux of energetic particles in this region and exposes orbiting satellites to higher than usual levels of radiation. The effect is caused by the non-concentricity of the Earth and its magnetic dipole. The South Atlantic Anomaly is of great significance to satellites and other spacecraft that orbit the Earth at several hundred kilometres altitude; these orbits take satellites through the anomaly periodically, exposing them to several minutes of strong radiation, caused by the trapped protons in the inner Van Allen belt.

The team, all engineers who graduated from various universities in South Africa, spent last year working on the project to gain practical experience before they are assigned to various departments in the company. The Interns were tasked with designing, manufacturing and commissioning a 1 U Cube Satellite and its associated ground support systems. Three teams were formed, with each team having specific objectives. Team Ground Zero was responsible for the Ground Control Station as well as communications equipment on-board the satellite. Team Virtuoso was responsible for the On-board Computer (OBC), the power system, the satellite structure and telemetry data. The main tasks of Team Frodo were to specify the satellite payload, the required sensors, the attitude control and the launch of the satellite.

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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


RS BECOMES A COMPONENT SPONSOR

 

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

List of 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

(This section is under contraction and will be updated with more names  and moved in the next few days.)

 


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