October 26, 2015 sacadmin

First dual launch support

The expertise and teamwork of SAC’s mission controllers were thoroughly tested when the station was contracted to support the dual launch of the AMC-21 and Superbird-7 satellites aboard an Ariane-5 launcher from Europe’s Kourou space port in French Guiana in 2007.

The TT&C team was well-practised, but the dual launch was a new experience and required intense concentration and supreme co-ordination to deliver error-free mission support services.

“Our faultless performance on the launch day again demonstrated our technical competence to the international space community.” 

– Tiaan Strydom