During South Africa’s mid-winter months this year, SANSA hosted a group of 24 final year and postgraduate students as part of a joint Space Weather Camp (SWC).
SWC students building a receiver antenna for meteorological satellite transmissions.
This collaborative initiative between SANSA, the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and German Aerospace Centre (DLR) is an annual camp that takes place in two countries every year, with eight students from each participating country.
This year, the first leg of the camp was hosted by the Centre for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) at the UAH in Huntsville, USA from 26 June to 7 July. The lectures and projects focused on solar physics, solar dynamics and heliospheric physics.
The second leg took place at SANSA in Hermanus from 10 to 21 July, where the focus was on space weather, ionospheric physics and geomagnetism.
The SWC offers students a great platform to interact and engage with peers and researchers from around the world. Students also learn about other cultures and the historic developments of space activities in the USA and South Africa.