Block title

-

SANSA calls for collaboration with industry

- Advertisment -

Dr Malinga, CEO, SANSA
Dr. Malinga, CEO, SANSA

Speaking at a space and industry dialogue business breakfast, the CEO of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), Dr. Sandile Malinga said that with its limited financial and human resources, the agency needs the industry’s support and there must be a collaboration to ensure that it can deliver on its mandate. The agency aims to co-ordinate and integrate national space science and technology programmes and conduct long-term planning and implementation of space related activities in South Africa, for the benefit of the citizens of South Africa (as outlined in the South African National Space Agency Act, 2008, Act No 36 of 2008).

There was an interesting discussion around the availability of the data that SANSA obtains from various satellite platforms. Malinga said that ideally it should be free to all but then government would have to increase its funding of the agency. There were several suggestions from the floor that all raw data should be available free for processing by industry and that there would only be a charge for processed data and imagery. Before the formation of SANSA, various government departments had contracts with various satellite data providers which was very expense. Since the formation of the agency these contacts have been centralised so it would make sense that SANSA should receive those funds.

Industry players raised the question of visibility of the agency. It was said that everyone in South Africa knows who NASA is but few people are aware that South Africa has its own space agency. One of the delegates said SANSA should put a billboard at Cape Town International Airport with the message “SANSA wishes you a safe flight, with our magnetic declamation updates we make sure the pilot gets to the right destination!” Malinga agreed but he also said that marketing is an expensive exercise for which there was a limited budget. He appealed to the industry and the media to help get SANSA’s message out to the public.

The planned Earth Observation Satellite, EOSAT-1 was not discussed. It seems that SANSA and DST are keeping a low profile on the project. However in a brief interview with Malinga, he said the EOSAT-1 project is on track and that launch is planned during the 2019 budget year. EOSAT-1 when launched will provide real-time environmental data.

Dr. Malanga in his concluding remarks said that the way forward in the South African space environment is public-private partnership. The dialogue must go on.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest articles

Download the February Edition

The first edition of the “new” EngineerIT is now available for download. Explore these and many other articles including: SANSA App calculates best HF communication channel The...

New device offers more security for GNSS applications

GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) is a satellite system that is used to pinpoint the geographic location of a user's receiver anywhere in the...

The Curse of the Password – What must I do? I’ve been hacked

By cyber security expert and J2 Software CEO John Mc Loughlin With all the hype around cyber-attacks and every single cyber security enterprise talking about...

Huawei launches 5G Training at Walter Sisulu University

As part of a partnership to equip South African students to succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), Huawei and the Department of Communications...

New POPI Act regulations tough on disposing of old computer gear. Huge fines!

Wale Arewa, CEO ExperienDisposing of old computer equipment used to be a mindless process, but those methods of the past are no longer an...

What will feature in the March EngineerIT?

The main feature in the March edition will be on ICT. ICT is pervasive and has found it way into every sector of industry,...
- Advertisement -

Once-off decisions when moving to the cloud are dangerous

According to Andre Schwan at T-Systems South Africa, many companies embark on their cloud journey, only to further down the line regret early decisions...

Social Entrepreneurship FIX Scholarship

The Fix Scholarship is a non-profit organisation that offers female social entrepreneurs, who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social development challenges, the opportunity to complete the...

Earth’s magnetic field is humming today

A G1-class geomagnetic storm is underway today (19 February 2020) as the Earth enters a minor stream of solar wind. Even before the solar wind...

Do you remember dialling up to the Internet?

That is what it was like on 16 January when a simultaneous dual submarine cable break occurred in the early hours of that disastrous...

February edition out this week

The February edition of the “new” EngineerIT under the Now Media banner will be published later this week. We have converted at least 900 addresses...