SBAS Awareness and Training for South Africa
Background & Objectives
Why this project is important for EGNOS/GSA/SatNav?
SATSA aims to foster cooperation between South Africa and Europe in SBAS technology, allowing South Africa to be able to decide on a way forward for the introduction of SBAS in the region.
The SATSA project has the following three main objectives:
SBAS Capacity Building in South Africa: To support South Africa in building local capacity with regard to SBAS knowledge and technical know-how to better manage SBAS in South Africa (and Africa ultimately) in all its phases, from deployment to operational service. It also aims to raise awareness of SBAS capabilities for a wide range of applications. To achieve this objective, three main activities will be developed:
- Training sessions will be provided for capacity building on GNSS and SBAS issues;
- Working sessions will be also provided with the help of the relevant training tools – used in the EGNOS program and elsewhere – which will make it possible to put into practice some of the concepts covered during the training sessions;
- Training trials will be conducted, allowing SANSA to operate a SBAS Central Processing Facility, such as magicSBAS, and learn about the services and benefits that SBAS technology can provide.
SBAS Way Forward in South Africa: A way forward on SBAS introduction in South Africa will be developed.
Promotion of the use of EGNOS, EDAS and Galileo in South Africa: EGNOS, EDAS and Galileo technology will be demonstrated.
How does it work?
The first phase of the project has been completed by providing the SA local authorities and organizations with the SBAS training objectives defined in the proposal. At the same time, several SBAS tools (Polaris, magicSBAS, magicGemini, Eclayr) have been installed at the SANSA premises and are being operated on a day-to-day basis.
Once the training objectives have been achieved and consolidated in the project, the project team will prepare the trial sessions, with the objective of providing practical demonstrations of the benefits of an SBAS in South Africa for final user applications other than civil aviation (road, precision agriculture, etc.).
Work performed & results
The first objectives of the project have been achieved.