[amsat-bb] Re: [Sumbandila: 286] Temporary suspension of SO-67 service

Mothibi Ramusi Mothibi at doc.gov.za
Mon Jan 25 03:41:18 PST 2010

Hello Jan,


Has there been any test on the telecommunication payload?




From: sumbandila at googlegroups.com [mailto:sumbandila at googlegroups.com]
On Behalf Of Jan-Albert Koekemoer
Sent: 25 January 2010 01:01 PM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Cc: sumbandila at googlegroups.com
Subject: [Sumbandila: 286] Temporary suspension of SO-67 service




There is little more than 6 weeks left in which to complete the
outstanding commissioning activities on Sumbandila before operations are
planned to be handed over in middle-March to the Satellite Application
Center, who will then continue to operate the satellite on behalf of the
Department of Science and Technology (DST) - owner of the satellite.


Since our progress is currently hampered by the various SA-AMSAT payload
activities, we have unfortunately no choice but to temporarily suspend
this service on SO-67.  We plan to have it "on air" again end-March /
beginning Apr this year.


We have so far successfully executed more than 320 payload activations
since we started using the SA-AMSAT payload in Q4 2009.


Thank you for your understanding and patience.


Best regards




Jan-Albert Koekemoer, PrEng

Sun Space & Information Systems (Pty) Ltd.

Stellenbosch, South Africa


+27 21 880 8117 (tel)

+27 83 461 6643 (cell)

+27 21 880 1703 (fax)


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