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Overview of South African National Space Agency’s Products and Services Development to serve the aviation sector

Rendani Nndanganeni - SANSA, South Africa; Mpho Tshisaphungo - South African National Space Agnency, South Africa; Lee-Anne McKinnell - Keenan Janneker - South African National Space Agency, South Africa

Session: Aviation


Abstract

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has operated the Regional Warning Center (RWC) for Space Weather (SWx) in Africa since 2010. Recently, South Africa, through SANSA, was designated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as a Regional Centre for the provision of SWx information to international air navigation. The centre depends on ground based data from distributed networks across Southern Africa and the South Atlantic which complement SWx satellite data to achieve SWx operations. In anticipation of the recent designation, SANSA is establishing capabilities to provide SWx services primarily to the aviation sector. In addition, the development of products/services as per ICAO requirements is in progress. This paper will discuss the current status on the products/services development within SANSA and other projects such as research to operations processes for a successful 24/7 operational center. The legislative considerations, success factors, the importance of partnerships, and challenges of SANSA’s drive to a 24/7 operational SWx centre is presented.



Approaching deadlines:

Registration opens:

16 July 2020

Abstract submission opens:

16 July 2020

European Space Weather Medals:

6 September 2020

Registration deadline:

25 September 2020

Registration deadline: [extended]

10 October 2020

Abstract submission deadline:

4 September 2020