SA joins BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation

SA delegates at the BRICS meeting in China

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA), the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), the State Space Corporation "Roscosmos" (ROSCOSMOS), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) have today formally joined forces to create the BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation.

A Joint Committee Meeting was held in Haikou, China, on 3 July 2017 to review and deliberate on the progress of the BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation and to discuss a Draft Agreement to be signed later this year. It was stressed that the BRICS Satellite Constellation is the first substantive project in the field of space cooperation.

A successful orbit delivery & tracking

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On 1 JUNE 2017 - Japan deployed the first of three navigation satellites it intends to launch in the next year, sending a 4.4-ton (4-metric ton) spacecraft on the way to a high-altitude orbital perch on top of an H-2A rocket to improve positioning data for drivers, hikers and government agencies in East Asia.

SANSA was contracted to provide Transfer-orbit support services (TOSS) for the QZS-2 satellite for launch plus one day.

To successfully carry this task, the agency had to utilise the HBK-07 KU antenna, which was originally installed in 1998, with its control system literally at the end of its operational life-span and without any support from manufacturers.

SANSA and the Japan International Cooperation Agency conduct training in agricultural crop monitoring and crop yield estimation to Government officials.

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SANSA in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are currently conducting a three-day training workshop on the use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data in crop monitoring and crop yield estimation (maize). This hands-on training is taking place at the SANSA EO offices in the Innovation Hub and ends on Thursday, 25 May 2017.

The skills acquired during these three days will contribute in decision-making related to food security in the country.

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NEPAD/ SANSA partnership targets growth and development in Africa

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Delegation from NEPAD Agency and SANSA at signing ceremony

The MoU signed today between NEPAD and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), will enable the provision of Earth observation products and services that support the implementation of key programmes for societal benefit such as sustainable agriculture and food security, integrated water resources management, sustainable forestry management, as well as urban planning and infrastructure monitoring.

"We remain committed to ensuring the integration of African space-based knowledge and technology in improving the lives of fellow Africans and welcome such esteemed partnerships in achieving this objective.' said Dr Valanathan Munsami, SANSA CEO at the signing ceremony.

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