SOUTHERN AFRICAN AMATEUR RADIO SATELLITE ASSOCIATION (SA AMSAT)

Registered as a non-profit organisation by the South African Department of Social Development
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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Call for Papers

SA AMSAT SPACE SYMPOSIUM  2015

Saturday 20 June 2015

Innovation Centre
Innovation Hub Pretoria


 

Final call  for Papers

Proposals for papers for the 2015 SA AMSAT Space symposium are invited. Prospective authors should send a synopsis to  saamsat@intekom.co.za .

Theme
Space - the ultimate  technological challenge

Make space your technology partner in work and play

Deadlines for papers

  • Synopsis of proposed paper 8 May 2015
     

  • Submission of final paper in a word format. illustrations must be in jpeg   29 May 2015

All papers will be included in the Symposium CD  which each delegate will receive upon registration at the conference

Sponsorships: for sponsorship opportunities, including sponsor a speaker, a learner or a student call Hans van de Groenendaal at 082 781 4631 or write to saamsat@intekom.co.za for a detailed prospectus.

To book for the conference download the registration form here  Get a discounted rate if you book before 10 June 2015

 

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.

More about KLETSkous

Get the latest update here

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


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

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