South Africa has a new state-of-the-art Space Weather Center

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The multi-million rand Space Weather Center was launched in Hermanus, Western Cape on Thursday 3 November.

The project was developed by the government entity, the South African Space Agency (SANSA), and the center is the only one of its kind in Africa.


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SANSA’s new facility will monitor the sun and its activity and provide space weather forecasts, warnings, alerts and environmental data on space weather conditions such as the effects of solar storms and other weather phenomena.

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, said the new facility will be operational 24/7 and will provide meteorological services primarily to aviation.

The minister noted that the center serves as an illustration of South Africa’s scientific excellence. He said:

“It is also a demonstration that the Directorate of Science and Innovation (DSI), together with its agencies, continues to respond to the socio-economic challenges of our country by using science, technology and innovation. as a catalyst and catalyst for economic development. ”

The center took three years to build and was completed at the end of September 2022, but was officially launched on Thursday November 3.

The center’s products and services are mainly required for communication and navigation systems in the defence, aeronautics, navigation and communications sectors.

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