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.

Earth-Directed CME Expected to Arrive 19 May 2013

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Hermanus, South Africa, 18-05-2013

Regional Space Weather Warning Centre at the Space Science Directorate of the South African National Space Agency.

A minor (G1) geomagnetic storm is in progress following a coronal mass ejection (CME) detected during the early hours of 18 May. Active region 1748 erupted with a M-class solar flare accompanied by another Earth-directed CME. The CME is expected to impact the Earth's magnetic field around 1400 UTC on 19 May. This may cause disturbed geomagnetic conditions and will be monitored by the South African National Space Agency.

A CME is a massive cloud of hydrogen ions ejected from the surface of the Sun when stored energy is suddenly released.  The CME produces a cloud of high energy particles traveling at supersonic speeds (500-2000 km per second).

The effects of a CME will not harm humans and other life forms on Earth as we are protected by the Earth's magnetic field, but it can cause disturbances to our satellite communication systems like GPS, radio communications, cell phones and DStv.  Only minor disturbances are expected at this stage.

Today's image of the Sun shows sunspot AR1748 has a delta-class magnetic field that harbors energy for X-class solar flares. Credit: SDO/HMI

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Women taking on a previously male-dominated profession

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Satellite TechniciansSANSA Space Operations is proud to welcome two vibrant, young ladies to the Satellite Operations team, as In-Service Trainees.

More Enicca Moloi (MM) and Betty Ntebogeng Ntlhe (BN) are both students from Tshwane South College who have completed all theoretical modules and the required practical training at the institute's training centre. On completion of their in-service training, both ladies will be awarded with a Diploma in Electrical Engineering: Heavy Current.

So you may ask yourself is it coincidence that the new trainees are both women, study at the same institute, are working towards the same qualification and are both working predominantly with men? We chat to Yunus Bhayat (YB), SANSA Space Operations TT&C Manager; More and Betty about what the job of a Satellite Operations Technician entails:

Photo: Betty Ntebogeng Ntlhe (left) and More Enicca Moloi (right), two in-service trainees at SANSA Space Operations

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