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.

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.

Looking to capture more of the Space market

on . Posted in SANSA Space Operations News

This World Space Week, an initiative by the United Nations to acknowledge the strides made by humanity in space and the impacts of these on our lives, is celebrated around the world from 4-10 October. The theme for 2013 is 'Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth'.

Antenna

As part of the activities in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, the Agency is today inaugurating the latest addition to the growing number of technologically advanced antennae which will provide a greater advantage and opportunity for managing the increasing demand for high quality space operations products and services.

"The new antennae facility consists of a new 10m Ku-DBS band antenna and an equipment room, outfitted with IOT equipment and infrastructure to assist clients to successfully commission new satellites thus contributing to our economy while positioning the country among reliable space nations around the world, "said Raoul Hodges, MD SANSA Space Operations.

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