Enabling high technology value innovation through servant leadership.
Utilizing our extensive knowledge, skills and experience in high-technology industries to advance the growth and success of our clients and societal well-being.
Astrofica Technologies Pty (Ltd) is a fully black-owned and technically competent technology engineering solutions provider with key skills in system integration, telecommunications, renewable energy and transportation. Our vertical competencies include the management, planning and execution of high-technology programs together with experience and networks in supply chain management, procurement and manufacturing. Through our combined experience of over 20 years in satellite and related engineering industries, and in addition to our vast network of partners across various industries, we are able to assist our clients in realizing technologically advanced systems whilst creating long-term value for them.
At Astrofica we believe in combining proven heritage together with the introduction of new technologies or upgrades that are designed to achieve both product differentiation and low costs. The changes implemented through our value innovation create new and improved elements for the product or service, but also result in cost savings by eliminating or reducing unnecessary aspects during the product lifecycle. Through our value innovation system we do not necessarily create a completely new product or technology but can also improve on existing services and lowers the costs of that service for both our clients and ourselves, all whilst ensuring a leap in value for our clients.
Core to our strategy is our servant-leader approach which focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of our clients and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” Astrofica strongly believes in sharing power, putting the needs of our clients first and helping them develop and perform as highly and efficiently as possible.
At Astrofica we are committed to cultivating a culture of trust through our core value system. Honesty, Transparency, Quality and Reliability are at the foundation of our existence. We are experienced professionals who know the products and markets in which we operate. Our customers are our highest priority and this is evident in the products, services and solutions we provide.
We are trained and certified in systems and acquisition management processes in conjunction with required concurrent engineering. Our multidisciplinary experience allows us to provide upstream and downstream clients with high-quality, cost-effective and sustainable solutions from exploration of system requirements and project feasibility analysis to integrated turnkey solutions and commercial operations.
We also understand the importance and value of training and knowledge transfer to our clients and provide general and client-specific training programs as integral parts of our overall value-add service.
Assembly Integration and Verification (AIV)
Environmental Testing (EVT)
Product Assurance Planning
RF and Ground-based systems
Frequency Filing Services
Renewable Energy (solar and hybrid systems)
Smart home and industry systems
Energy Investment Services
Full Spectrum for all modes (Rail, Road, Air, Sea)
Advanced Technology Solutions
Supply Chain Management
Packaging and Cargo
Import and Export
Jessie Ndaba - BscEng(Elec), SSP'11
Jessie Ndaba was raised in Soweto, South Africa and her interest in joining the space sector started in when she was in high school. She went on and graduated as an Electrical Engineer at the University of Witwatersrand in 1999. She worked at Circuit Breakers Industry (CBI) before joining Central Johannesburg as an Electronic and Logic Systems Lecturer.
In 2006 she joined the Space Internship Programme sponsored by the South African Department of Science and Technology and SunSpace. As a result of the internship programme, Jessie earned a permanent position at SunSpace as a Satellite Design Engineer. She was part of a SunSpace delegation that led the discussions with the Launch Agency from Russia for the Sumbandila Satellite that was launched in 2009. Jessie was also involved with the SunSpace outreach programme that works with school kids from the lower level to the varsity level. In particular, the outreach programme exposes the students to Space science and technology and informs them of the many benefits of humankind from Space. In 2010 she was awarded a Young Space Leadership Award from the Space Generation Congress.
In 2011 she represented South Africa at the International Space University, where she got a chance to further her studies in Space Engineering Systems. During this course she was introduced to Space Law, Space Medicine and Space Management.
In 2013 she joined Space Commercial Services as an AIT Engineer/Program Manager/ Space Solutions Manager. She is the member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the African Space Leadership Youth Forum, and she leads its Space Systems Engineering Working Group.
Khalid Manjoo - BscEng(Elec), SSP'11, PrEng.
Having been ascribed the role of leader throughout his career, Khalid has pre-empted every role and excelled at it too. Be it prefect, head-boy or academic victor, he managed to gain his status through humility and passion. In 2005 Khalid graduated with a bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Cape Town (UCT). He was the Team Leader for Assembly Integration and Verification (AIV) at SunSpace, South Africa's first private satellite manufacturing company. As the youngest of the engineers at the time, he was the AIV lead engineer during launch campaign in Baikonur of South Africa's first Government satellite, SumbandilaSat in September 2009. Khalid featured on national radio and TV during the campaign and was highlighted in the Popular Mechanics magazine for his role in the launch.
In June 2011, Khalid was nominated by the Mail&Guardian newspaper among the 200 young South Africans to take to lunch (these are young people who will hopefully shape our country in the decades to come).
In August 2011, he attended a two month Space Studies Summer Program hosted by the International Space University, at the University of Graz in Austria, where he received a Certificate of Completion with excellent results.
Khalid is a registered ECSA professional engineer and currently the lead AIV specialist advisor for two 500kg-class international optical satellite projects. He is also a member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Workforce Development for Young Professionals Program Committee. Khalid is passionate about progressing South Africa's Space science and technology and thereby its people, hopefully privileging South Africa with the status of "African Pioneer" in our Space industry.