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.

Big data consortia planned for SA

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SANSA intends to join a consortia of South African institutions, which includes the Universities of Cape Town, North West, Pretoria, Sol Plaatje, Western Cape and WITS as well as the SKA-South Africa, to establish a proto-type African Research Cloud (proto-type ARC). The Agency is in the process of finalising an MOU that will formally cement its membership in the consortia.

The African Research Cloud (ARC) aims to bring together resources and expertise from multiple institutions across the continent to establish a distributed and shared infrastructure, tools and environment for big data research in strategic domain's such as astronomy, bioinformatics and Earth observation.

The first phase of development of the ARC involves South African institutions collaboratively developing a functional proto-type for the ARC. During this phase the focus will be on, amongst others, defining strategic science demonstration projects and enabling the development of a continental pilot which should result in the full roll out of the ARC by the middle of the next decade.

SANSA will provide an Earth observation node for the proto-type ARC and ultimately the ARC. The EO node will enable the Earth observation community in South Africa and the continent to engage in EO focused big data research. In so doing SANSA will be leveraging its data infrastructure to provide more timely and accurate information for determining, amongst others, progress on initiatives such as the Millennium Development Goals, food security and water resource management. This node of the ARC will ultimately provide support of evidenced based policy and decision making across the continent and will thus support the objectives of the African Space Strategy and AfriGEOSS.

 

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Freedom Park – City of Tshwane

A SPOT6 satellite image acquired in 2016 showing in high detail, Freedom Park. Freedom Park commemorates the country's political history and celebrates its cultural and natural heritage. The 35 ha site comprises a museum and Garden of Remembrance, with statues and sculptures to honour ordinary South Africans who contributed to the country's development. The site is a tribute to the Truth and Reconciliation process.

For more on this and other heritage sites within the City of Tshwane, visit the link below:
http://www.tshwane.gov.za/sites/tourism/Arts-Culture-and-Heritage/Pages/Heritage-Site-Listing.aspx 

Image credits:
Produced by SANSA Earth Observation Directorate 2017. All rights reserved.
SPOT6: Airbus Defence & Space 2013. All rights reserved.

 

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