|Overberg Test Range|
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The Overberg Test Range (OTR) was developed by the Houwteq organisation in the 1980's as part of South Africa's ballistic missile and R5b space program. It was located at the southernmost tip of Africa on the south-eastern coast of the Western Cape at Latitude 34 deg 35 min S and Longitude 20 deg 19 min E. The facility had a total area of 43,000 hectares. The launch sites were located on the coast just north-east of Waenhuiskrans, while the launch vehicle and payload assembly facilities were located at an adjacent air base. This 600 ha site included a dual-runway airfield capable of landing 747-sized jets and the infrastructure necessary to test and assemble launch vehicles.
|RSA-3 - launch photo|
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Houwteq's complement at Overberg peaked at 500 in the early 1990s. The military program was cancelled in 1992, followed by the space program a year later. By 1997 the staff was down to 28.