Eugene Avenant, TT&C Director at SANSA Space Operations; is part of the South African delegation working on an architectural study for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS) in South Africa (EGSA).
EGNOS is Europe's augmentation system for GPS, and is similar to other Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) worldwide. EGNOS increases GPS accuracy and supports applications requiring high precision by correcting errors caused by atmospheric disturbance factors.
The first EGNOS in South Africa (EGSA) Task Force meeting took place in Brussels from 1-3 October 2012. "The main objective of the Task Force is to prepare a proposal detailing the requirements around the implementation of EGNOS in South Africa," Avenant says.
In preparation for SBAS being deployed in South Africa SANSA along with its European partners is completing an FP7 project to prepare industry for this.