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.

SANSA Earth Observation Fundisa disk to be distributed nation-wide

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Fundisa 1The South African National Space Agency's (SANSA) Earth Observation directorate will be distributing its annual Fundisa disk to tertiary institutions around South Africa in the form of a Road Show this October, to coincide with World Space Week.

The Fundisa disk is an initiative started in 2009 to provide students with an overview and gateway to remote sensing. 'Fundisa,' which means to teach in Zulu, is an appropriate way of describing the functionality of this geospatial tool. "SANSA's Fundisa disk is made up of an assortment of earth observation data such as satellite imagery, a variety of vector data, open source software, and sample imagery," explains Dr Jane Olwoch, Managing Director at SANSA Earth Observation. The disk will allow students and instructors interested in pursuing studies in geospatial sciences, free access to a range of data and tools.

European Space Weather Week

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ESWW9A SANSA Space Weather team attended the Ninth European Space Weather Week (ESWW9) at the Académie Royale de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium from 5 - 9 November 2012. ESWW9 was attended by over 300 researchers, forecasters and users of Space Weather products and services.

The event highlighted key innovations in space weather research, applications and services. Various sessions focused on current challenges and actions necessary in moving towards a sustainable Space Weather Infrastructure able to meet the requirements of a diverse end-user community.

ESWW9 provided an excellent opportunity for the SANSA team to network with other organisations involved in Space Weather. The team identified new space weather products and applications and learnt how to improve upon existing South African Space Weather services.

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