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.

SANSA’s participation in International Super- Conference

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Every four years the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) holds its Scientific Assembly in a member country.

In 2013 the event took place in Merida, Mexico, while Sopron in Hungary provided the venue in 2009.

This year, the Joint IAPSOIAMAS- IAGA Assembly was held on African shores at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 27 August – 1 September. The wide range of ocean environments south of Africa that influence both the biota and climate conditions of the region provided an ideal scientific backdrop for the 2017 Joint Assembly.

Billed as a ‘super-conference’ and endorsed by the University of Cape Town and the South African Department of Science and Technology, the local event covered a very wide range of topics about Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (study of the upper atmosphere).

Joint Space Weather Camp 2017

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During South Africa’s mid-winter months this year, SANSA hosted a group of 24 final year and postgraduate students as part of a joint Space Weather Camp (SWC).

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SWC students building a receiver antenna for meteorological satellite transmissions.

This collaborative initiative between SANSA, the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and German Aerospace Centre (DLR) is an annual camp that takes place in two countries every year, with eight students from each participating country.

This year, the first leg of the camp was hosted by the Centre for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) at the UAH in Huntsville, USA from 26 June to 7 July. The lectures and projects focused on solar physics, solar dynamics and heliospheric physics.

The second leg took place at SANSA in Hermanus from 10 to 21 July, where the focus was on space weather, ionospheric physics and geomagnetism.

The SWC offers students a great platform to interact and engage with peers and researchers from around the world. Students also learn about other cultures and the historic developments of space activities in the USA and South Africa.

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