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Beyond the Moon – A South African Success Story in Space



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The space hardware developed by South Africans is a crucial part of a unique science mission on a relay satellite as a means of communication for one unprecedented Chinese moon landing and rover operation on the other side of the moon later this year.

A digital control unit designed and supplied by the Space Advisory Company (SAC) of Somerset West is part of the Dutch-Chinese Low Frequency Explorer (NCLE) as a scientific payload on the Chang'e-4 satellite Launched at 21:28 UTC on a Long March 4C Rocket on the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Sunday, May 21

The Chang'e-4 satellite will need 8 to 9 days before being 60- 80,000 kilometers behind the moon at a low gravity point, the so-called Second Earth Moon Lagrange Point (EM L2) is positioned. This point allows a stable halo orbit and simultaneous line of sight to the intended lunar lander with its rover and ground stations on Earth. While the main task of the Chang & # 39; e-4 satellite is to transmit messages between the Earth and the Moon, the NCLE instrument will ride along and conduct experiments into the deeper space.

"We are thrilled to be part of such a unique mission Proud of our engineering team that has proven to be world-class in meeting the project's ambitious schedule and performance requirements, perhaps we have just started the South African flag as far as we can possible to fly, "says Duncan Stanton, CEO of Space Advisory Company (SAC).

"The control unit we supplied forms an integral part of the digital receiver system for the NCLE instrument, which was developed by the Radboud Radio Lab of Radboud University, the Netherlands Institute of Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and Innovative Space Solutions (ISIS) in Built with the Delft built in. The instrument has the primary scientific goal of detecting 21 "low-frequency hydrogen line emissions from the" dark ages "of the universe before stars began to shine," says Stanton.

Space Advisory Company is a member of the Somerset West SCS Aerospace Group (SCSAG), Africa's largest private group of satellite design and manufacturing companies with more than 25 years of experience in this field.


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