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.

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O.R. Tambo International Airport – Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality

A SPOT6 satellite image acquired in 2016 showing in high detail, O.R. Tambo International Airport, a major international airport in the heart of Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa. The airport is the busiest in Africa able to handle up to 28 million passengers annually. Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality have set about to develop an Aerotropolis in the City to leverage the existing industrial base, linked to its human resources and logistics networks; ultimately to support rapid growth and redevelopment of its communities.

For more on this, visit the link below:
http://www.ekurhuleni.gov.za/aerotropolis/ 

Image credits:
Produced by SANSA Earth Observation Directorate 2017. All rights reserved.
SPOT6: Airbus Defence & Space 2013. All rights reserved.

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Navigating to greater safety for the Air Force

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All military aircraft of the South African Air Force (SAAF) are required by law to have a magnetic compass as an important back-up to the integrated navigation system.

South African Air Force staff and Applied Science and Technology Services team members during a training course held at SANSA in Hermanus.

Due to the permanent and induced magnetic properties of aircraft, all aircraft compasses have to be ‘swung’ (calibrated) to cancel the magnetic effects of the aircraft itself. This is where Lazola Bucwa - a System Technician at SANSA’s AST unit- trains technicians from the South African Air Force (SAAF) on the theory and practice of aircraft compass swings.

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