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.

SA Space Agency Probing Space from Earth

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Just as there is weather on Earth, so too is there weather in space, and it can interfere with and cause damage to satellites which we rely on for communications, navigation, resource management and the safety and security of our country.

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The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) unveiled their new High Frequency Digital Radar at a World Space Week ceremony on 9 October 2013 in Hermanus, Western Cape.The radar system is part of the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN), an international network of over 30 radars used to monitor the dynamics of space weather.

As host to the Space Weather Regional Warning Centre for Africa, SANSA provides an important service to the nation by monitoring the Sun and its activity to provide information, early warnings and forecasts on space weather conditions. “The Agency’s new radar not only marks a milestone for national and international space weather research but has also provided a unique platform for developing skills in space science and technology,” said SANSA CEO, Dr Sandile Malinga during the ceremony.

Understanding space weather, a term used to describe the effects the Sun has on Earth and the planets of our solar system, is a global priority. SuperDARN data provides scientists with information regarding the Earth's interaction with the space environment. “Communication and navigation technology, town planning, resource and disaster management are highly dependent on satellites operating in our space environment. Understanding this environment has become vital in order to protect technology in space and on Earth from the devastating effects of space weather” said Dr Lee-Anne McKinnell, SANSA Space Science MD.

Looking beyond our skies for space weather

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A new High Frequency Digital Radar will be unveiled at the final World Space Week event for SANSA this year at a ceremony on 9 October 2013 in Hermanus, Western Cape. The radar system forms part of the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN), an international network of over 30 radars involving scientists and funding agencies across 16 countries. 

The SuperDARN radar system is expected to be shipped to Antarctica later this year where it will be installed at the South African Antarctic Research Base SANAE IV.
Antarctic is a prime location for space weather research due to the Earth's magnetic field lines converging at the poles acting as a funnel for space plasma to travel into the Earth's atmosphere.

This event formed part of the celebration of space offering by SANSA during this World Space Week with a successful inauguration of a new IOT antenna facility at our facility in Hartebeesthoek, NW on 4 October. The invaluable contribution of Earth observation satellite data and tools for high school learners as well as an interactive platform for enabling knowledge sharing and communication in the area of Earth observation as an exciting new career opportunity was launched on 8 October in Pretoria.

 

 

 

 

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