Eyes in the Sky inspiring the youth

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.

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New mosaic aids in delivery by government

Fig 2The latest SPOT 5 national mosaic for 2012 has been released at an event by the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) to key stakeholders in government departments and private industry for use in addressing national requirements. 

The imagery which is collected over a period of 12 months is downloaded and processed by SANSA into the comprehensive tool which is delivered free to stakeholders who utilize this information to address issues facing South Africa, such as planning for infrastructure and housing, agriculture, water and environmental management and national census, amongst others. 

Dr Jane Olwoch, MD of SANSA Earth Observation stated, “It is a significant achievement for SANSA to be able to provide a state-of-the-art product that brings huge impact to the lives of our citizens when used by our government stakeholders.” The mosaic is made up of 485 images taken by the SPOT 5 satellite which has been processed and compiled to make up the entire map of the country. The detail within each of the tiles of the mosaic provides information of an area 60km by 60km. 


Capture, extraction and analysis of spectra: A practical course in spectrometry

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From the 28-30 May 2013, SANSA Earth Observation will be providing an exciting practical training course in the best practices for the capture of field spectra and how to extract and analyse information from captured spectra.  Spectroscopy is the study of the interaction between matter and radiated energy, and forms the basis of optical remote sensing.  In the field of remote sensing spectroscopic studies provides practitioners with the opportunity to study the absorbance and reflective properties of objects across different regions of the electro-magnetic spectrum (Fig 1).  Interaction between radiated energy and matter is based on physical principles and analyses of spectra provide users with the opportunity to understand more about the composition and structure of the studied objects.

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