Space Science capabilities earn South Africa global recognition

Department of Science and Technology in the Republic of South Africa has announced
South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has been selected by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to become the designated regional provider of space weather information to the entire aviation sector using African airspace, the company said.

The announcement indicates every aircraft flying in the continent´s airspace will rely on SANSA for the space weather information it needs to submit as part of its flight plan.

Space weather, which can influence the performance and reliability of aviation and other technological systems, is caused by the sun, the nature of the Earth´s magnetic field and atmosphere, and the Earth´s location in the solar system.

SANSA, an entity of the Department of Science and Technology, underwent an extensive assessment to earn the distinction of becoming one of two ICAO-designated regional space weather centres — the other being a joint Russia-China centre.

SANSA will partner with one of the ICAO´s three global space weather centres, PECASUS, the Pan-European Consortium for Aviation Space Weather User Services, to provide ICAO with space weather information for the African region.