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t15 - SANSA's Space Weather Centre: Becoming Operational

Martin Snow (South African National Space Agency), Mpho Tshisaphungo (South African National Space Agency)

TDM type: 3. Service/Project Feedback

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has operated the Regional Warning Center (RWC) for Space Weather in Africa since 2010.Over the past 10 years SANSA has developed the capability to monitor and forecast space weather as well as prioritising research projects that enhance the modelling ability of the centre. SANSA has now embarked on a three-year project to fully operationalise the capability to provide space weather information service covering multiple domains on a 24/7 basis. The expansion will be completed by November 2022. South Africa, through SANSA, was designated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as a Regional Centre for the provision of space weather information to international air navigation.The centre depends on ground-based geophysical data from distributed networks across Southern Africa and the South Atlantic which complement available satellite-based data to achieve an operational capability.SANSA is also a partner in a number of international space weather projects. Until recently,SANSA focused on the ability to forecast and predict space weather impacts on High-Frequency (HF) communication. Expanded activities of the centre now include the development of additional products and services covering space weather impacts over Africa and the deployment of additional instrumentation in Africa. The SWx Quality Management System is being upgraded for ISO 9001:2015 certification. This TOM will cover the current space weather forecasting activities and also describe the roadmap of SANSA's journey to a 24/7 operational space weather centre. We will discuss our ongoing research on product development to ensure an effective regional capability in operational space weather.

Approaching deadlines:

Hotel booking deadline:

13 September 2021

Registration deadline:

01 October 2021

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