South Africa’s government will “almost certainly” provide the funding needed for the country to host Africa’s designated space weather warning centre to advise the global aviation industry, an official has said.
The South African National Space Agency announced it had been selected for the job in January this year, alongside a centre shared by China and Russia. As global monitoring centres they will provide round-the-clock information on space weather updates. SANSA has until 2022 to become fully operational in this capacity.
Speaking during a visit to SANSA Space Science in Hermanus on 10 June, Phil Mjwara, director-general for science and technology in the Department for Higher Education, Science and Technology, said the department was busy reviewing the detailed proposal for upgrading SANSA’s capabilities, which involves training new staff.