The SANSA Space Science Technology group visited Laboratoire Souterrain à Bas Bruit, an underground scientific laboratory in France. The team conducted magnetic surveys of the tunnel structure where a SQUID (superconducting quantum interference device) magnetometer is located. The SANSA team interacted extensively with French researchers operating the SQUID and gained valuable experience with regards to the analysis of SQUID data. SANSA Space Science recently completed the construction of a non-magnetic hut that will house a SQUID magnetometer. The visit to the French laboratory will assist the Space Science Technology group to operate the new SQUID magnetometer when it is installed later this year.
SANSA Space Science News
Dr Lee-Anne McKinnell, MD of SANSA Space Science, travelled to Lusaka in Zambia for the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between SANSA and the University of Zambia. SANSA will be collaborating on a number of space science related projects with the University of Zambia under the South African - Zambian bilateral agreement on Science and Technology. During her visit Dr McKinnell also met with the Ministry of Science and Technology in Zambia and gave a general overview presentation on SANSA. Prof Robert van Zyl, Satellite Programme Director at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and Dr McKinnell engaged with students of SANJE High School in a fun satellite building activity. Dr McKinnell educated the students on space science and explained the role of satellites in everyday life. The students who had little knowledge about space science and related technologies said that this experience has sparked a desire to learn more about this exciting field.
This year 18 undergraduate students representing 9 South African universities took part in the 2012 Winter School Programme at SANSA Space Science. The well organised 5 day programme entailed a number of lectures and practical activities providing the students with an introduction into space science.