The Role of SANSA Applications in the Aviation Industry

South Africa has launched a new USD 5.79 million project on behalf of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) dedicated to monitoring space weather globally, specifically for the entire African region.

FREMONT, CA: Aviation communications interfere when these elements interact with the Earth's magnetic field. Since opening a space weather centre in Hermanus, south of Cape Town, in 2011, Servicios Aereos Nacionales S.A. (SANSA) has been monitoring space.

A brand-new R90 million (USD 5.79 million) project has been launched for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and it will envision the construction of brand-new, cutting-edge facilities for the continent-wide, round-the-clock monitoring of space weather for civil aviation. With this most recent ICAO certification, the African region will have full operational capabilities by the end of this year, combined with sophisticated research capabilities in the area of space weather.

Space weather impacts the aviation industry and is found to be an area in high-frequency (HF) communications, satellite navigation and surveillance, satellite communications, and radiation exposure areas. The development of suitable products in each of these areas is at an advanced stage and will lead to an information service required for the mitigation of these impacts, which, in turn, will assist with the reduction in the economic impact on the sector.

These improvements include a space weather monitoring centre that shows real-time data around the clock, a 100-seat auditorium, offices, and student housing.

The ICAO has provided notice that it will need space weather to become a necessary component for flight plans since it has highlighted communications and navigational disturbances and increased radiation exposure as severe risks to aviation. Acknowledging SANSA as a leader in magnetic technology applications for customers in the defence and aerospace industries is another one of its core competencies.

SANSA is the national expert in magnetic technology applications for the aerospace, aviation, and defence sectors. The work of national airports, the South African Navy, and the

South African Air Force is considerably aided by these applications. The Hermanus plant of SANSA has more than 80 years of experience in magnetic operations and provides cutting-edge tools and services. Using Landing compasses to calibrate aircraft compasses requires routine calibration and maintenance and is perfectly calibrated at its magnetically clean facility.

SANSA offers regular training sessions in compass swing technique. These sessions include background information on geomagnetism, space weather, and Fourier analysis of the mathematics behind the procedure. There is a need for a magnetically clean environment to calibrate an aircraft compass, and SANSA helps its clients survey a suitable magnetically clean site on their own property.

The organisation also provides calibration services for satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that employ magnetometers or electronic compasses for navigation and orientation.

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