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The Test Range provided essential telemetry support during the Dedicated Mobile Telemetry Tracking Stations


With its origins linked to South Africas now defunct space programme Denel Overberg Test Range also has the capability to provide telemetry launch support services from almost any remote location in the world. Since 2003 the Test Range provides telemetry launch support to NASA / United Launch Alliance (ULA) and lately also to the French Space Agency, CNES (Centre National dEtudes Spatiales) / European Space Agency (ESA). The Test Range specializes in offering telemetry launch support in remote locations where real-time telemetry coverage is required of crucial events during a space mission and where no fixed ground station is nearby. For this purpose it has two dedicated mobile S-band telemetry tracking stations available that has been adapted and re-configured to make it transportable by commercial air cargo for quick deployment at remote locations with minimal infrastructure available. 

Supplier of Choice

Being the only mobile telemetry tracking stations of its kind available in Southern Africa, the Test Range has become a logical choice to provide assistance to international space programmes. To date the stations have already been deployed in various African countries, an island in the Atlantic Ocean, Australia and New Zealand. Of the missions supported include NASAs Mars Exploration Rover I (Spirit) launched in 2003 and the Deep Impact spacecraft launched in 2005, and more recently support provided to CNES during the launch of the Jules Verne, Johannes Kepler and Edoardo Amaldi Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATVs) in 2008, 2011 and 2012 respectively.


Mobile Telemetry Antenna




Mobile Telemetry Stations Specification


Antenna

Diameter :

3 meter

Receive frequency range :

2185-2475 Mhz

Gain :

33.5 dBi @ 2300 Mhz

Receive polarity :

RHCP, LHCP

G/T :

10.3 dB/K

Max velocity :

20º /sec

Max acceleration :

20º /sec/sec

Travel Azimuth :

+720º

Travel Elevation :

-2º to +92º

Data Recording Formats:

Complies to IRIG 106 Standard

Station Management:

Fully computerised

Mobile Telemetry Equipment


Satellite Ground Station

Satellite Ground Station Specification

Location

Latitude :

-34.62º

Longitude :

+20.23º

Antenna - Main

Diameter :

10 meter

Receive frequency range :

2200-2300 Mhz, 7950-8550 Mhz

Gain :

43.2 dBi @ 2300 MHz, 55.5 dBi @ 8200 Mhz

Transmit frequency range :

2025 - 2120 Mhz

HPA output power :

Max 50W, adjustable

Receive polarity :

RHCP, LHCP simultaneous

Transmit polarity :

RHCP, LHCP selectable

G/T :

19.2 dB/K S-Band, 32.4 dB/K X-Band

Max velocity :

15º /sec

Max acceleration:

20º /sec/sec

Travel Azimuth :

+380º

Travel Elevation :

-2º to +92º

Third axis displacement (tilt) :

3.5º

Antenna - Secondary

Diameter :

2 meter diameter back-up antenna

Data Recording:

HDDR, 80MB/sec, expandable

Analogue, IRIG wideband, 28CH

   

Station Management:

Fully computerised

10m and 2m Antennas

Coverage at approximately 850 km

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