The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) was established in 2010. Following a period of rapid growth and transition the agency has made significant advancements towards addressing its mandate of deriving greater value from space science and technology for the benefit of South African society.

Looking beyond our skies for space weather

on . Posted in SANSA Space Science News

A new High Frequency Digital Radar will be unveiled at the final World Space Week event for SANSA this year at a ceremony on 9 October 2013 in Hermanus, Western Cape. The radar system forms part of the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN), an international network of over 30 radars involving scientists and funding agencies across 16 countries. 

The SuperDARN radar system is expected to be shipped to Antarctica later this year where it will be installed at the South African Antarctic Research Base SANAE IV.
Antarctic is a prime location for space weather research due to the Earth's magnetic field lines converging at the poles acting as a funnel for space plasma to travel into the Earth's atmosphere.

This event formed part of the celebration of space offering by SANSA during this World Space Week with a successful inauguration of a new IOT antenna facility at our facility in Hartebeesthoek, NW on 4 October. The invaluable contribution of Earth observation satellite data and tools for high school learners as well as an interactive platform for enabling knowledge sharing and communication in the area of Earth observation as an exciting new career opportunity was launched on 8 October in Pretoria.

 

 

 

 

Eyes in the Sky inspiring the youth

on . Posted in SANSA Earth Observation News

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is today launching an exciting collection of tools for learners in the country, in support of the geography curriculum at high school.

This launch is one of the initiatives SANSA and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have organised to commemorate World Space Week, an initiative of the United Nations which is celebrated from 04 -10 October annually. The theme for 2013 is 'Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth'.

The Fundisa School Education and Fundisa disc are set to help increase understanding of Earth observations among Grade 10-12 learners. These resources, which include a portal for students, will also help raise awareness about the value satellite imagery adds to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis.

These tools are aligned to SANSA's goal of building intellectual capital through cutting-edge research, development, innovation, technology and applications in the country.

Because many schools do not have computers and computer-based GIS software, the  resources will provide scenes relating to the schools' areas of interest and surrounding communities. SANSA will complement the data with material customised for FET and as much as possible align to the curriculum. By the time the learners graduate in Grade 12 they will have a greater understanding of Earth observation and can proceed to more focused studies at tertiary level.

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