Technical Tour


SANSA Space Operations at the Hartebeesthoek Ground Station

Friday, 12 May | 14:00 – 16:00 | Transport departs CSIR International Convention Centre at 13:00

Requires pre-registration. The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) hosts one of the most diverse satellite ground stations in the southern hemisphere and is the only station in the world with the ability to support space missions in all the commercial frequency bands. Nestled in the Magaliesburg mountain range in a radio-quiet environment, the site is the most accurately calibrated site in Africa for the Argos beacon. The Hartebeesthoek-based station has been at the forefront of the space journey right from the beginning and has supported such missions as MOM, Curiosity Rover, OCO, and most notably, the mission control for the South African Sumbandila satellite. It continues to support pioneering missions from major space players around the world.

A visit to the satellite ground station encompasses a tour of the facility, starting at the Ariane auditorium, heading to the mini-museum with memorabilia from our rich space heritage, leading to the mission control centre, and ending with a walk-about on the antenna site.

The tour of the SANSA Space Operations (SO) is scheduled for Friday, 12 May from 14:00 – 16:00.

Interested parties can book by sending an email to Mr. Johnny Rizos at before the closing deadline of 30 April 2017 and the number of visitors is limited to 40.

Departure from the CSIR International Convention Centre will be at 13:00. Departure time from SANSA Space Operations, returning to the CSIR International Convention Centre, will be at 16:00.