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.

Landsat 8 aiding in fire investigations in South Africa

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Landsat 8 false colour composite (R:2 G:5 B:7) showing fires in black and the fire’s plumes in red. The image was captured 10 February in Worcester, Western Cape. The wind at the time was from a north-westerly direction as evidenced by the smoke plume’s south-easterly displacement in the image.


Imagery such as this Landsat 8 is used in fire investigations. This entails calculating the extent of the fires as well as determining the points of origin. Fire investigations are a SANSA Earth Observation value added service.

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Image credits: Landsat 8. USGS. All rights reserved.

 

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Operation Phakisa: SANSA prepares key national expertise

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This second SAR training and tour of key space institutions in Japan entailed advanced training on Remote Sensing and GIS technologies. The delegation was made up of ten (10) delegates, representing the following government departments and state institutions:- SANSA; South African Maritime Safety Agency (SAMSA); Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA); Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS); Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF); Agricultural Research Council (ARC); and Statistics South Africa (StatsSA).

The delegation was welcomed at the JICA Headquarters in Tokyo by the President of the Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC), Mr Kanime Ikeda. The main components of the tour were hands-on technical training on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) applications and tour of key Japan state institutions such as the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). 


Visit to Tsukuba Space Centre

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