Media invitation to AARSE 2014 opening

Satellites are making significant contributions to the economic and socio-benefits of using space technology and satellite data. With developments in remote sensing and Earth observation proceeding at a rapid pace, the theme of this conference was chosen to contribute to the enhancement of the human and institutional capacity of Africans.

Satellite image data products and services are essential tools in increasingly varied applications such as agriculture and food security, water quality management, urban planning and human settlements, infrastructure development, and environmental monitoring, among others. Rapidly produced and interpreted satellite maps are vital for humanitarian aid response and disaster relief activities.

The 10th International African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) conference will run from 27-31 October at University of Johannesburg.

You are invited to attend the official opening of the conference on 27 October at 10:00 with interview opportunities.

Sansa Host the 1st Annual Municipal Workshop On Earth Observation Products And Services

Space science and technology is one of the five great challenges in South Africa’s 10-year Innovation Plan. South Africa’s space landscape is guided by the National Space Policy, while the National Space Strategy defines the outcomes of a National Space Programme with a focus on space-based services and applications.

SANSA invites South African municipalities to be part of the first and informative Annual Municipal Workshop on Earth Observation Products and Services.

The workshop is aimed at raising awareness and demonstrates the capabilities of Earth observation technology in spatial planning, environmental management and service delivery at a municipal level.

The workshop will be held as follows:

 

Date: Friday, 19 September 2014

Time: 08:30 for 09:00 – 13:30

Venue: Auditorium 1, The Innovation Hub, Pretoria

(Space is limited)

 

Kindly reserve your seat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Mr Ndleleni Boyilane on 012 844 0321.

Contributing towards sustainable development of the South African community through Earth Observation

5 SEPTEMBER 2014

Satellites are making significant contributions to the economic and socio-benefits of using space technology and satellite data. These satellite images, data products and services are essential tools in increasingly varied applications such as agriculture and food security, water quality management, urban planning and human settlements, infrastructure development, and environmental monitoring, among others. Rapidly produced and interpreted satellite maps are vital for humanitarian aid response and disaster relief activities.

Introducing the latest National Mosaic of South Africa

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2012 National Mosaic that was launched last year (see link to all presentations at the bottom)

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is launching another superior dataset to the South African earth observation community. The National Mosaic is an annual 2.5 m resolution natural colour composite of SPOT 5 satellite imagery that covers the entire landmass of South Africa. Together with its underlying base imagery, the Mosaic is provided to the National Government Departments, Provincial Government Departments, Parastatals, NGO's, Science Councils and Tertiary Education Institutions.

Details of the launch are;

Date: 5 September 2014

Time: 08:30 – 16:00

Venue: Auditorium, The Innovation Hub. Pretoria

Ugandan government delegation tours SANSA satellite ground station

27 August 2014 – The delegation from the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development in Uganda visited SANSA’s satellite tracking centre to learn about products and services that could be valuable to their national infrastructure development plan.

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