SANSA Secures Cost-Efficient Satellite Services Deal For South African Government

South African Space Agency SANSA

In a bid to cut down on the huge charges that come with the provision of satellite data, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has secured a cost-effective satellite data deal on behalf of the South African government.

Mapping human settlements, monitoring forestry and crop cover, managing water resources, disaster management, and spatial planning for electrification and other infrastructure services are functions that require satellite imagery, and when satellite services are provided to government departments and agencies, they usually come with high costs.

According to Andiswa Mlisa, Managing Director of Earth Observation at SANSA, “we are maximising the government funding allocations. If one government department has already spent money on imagery, there is no reason for other departments to spend the same amount of money for the same imagery.”

“In 2006, the South African government, through the CSIR’s Satellite Applications Centre, acquired a licence to obtain satellite imagery from the SPOT satellite, owned and operated by Airbus Defense and Space Systems. The agreement allowed South Africa to buy a single licence for multiple users within the government and research community, as opposed to the existing one-licence-one-user arrangement,” notes a statement by SANSA.

SANSA has now signed new deals with service providers such as Airbus and DigitalGlobe, in order to access more data.

Government agencies and departments can approach SANSA for lower prices instead of directly approaching service providers, as opposed to the previous practice where individuals and state bodies would have to buy the same data multiple times and pay the same amount for it.

The new deal also means that agencies and organisations that consume a lot of satellite data, no longer have to buy data exclusively for themselves, but can contribute with other big players to buying data for the whole country, thereby cutting costs across the board.

© Space in Africa 2020

All rights reserved. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited. You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other forms of electronic retrieval system.


New Report: The 2020 Edition of African Space Industry Annual Report is now available. It presents data and analyses on projects, deals, partnership and investments across the continent. It also provides analyses on the growing demand for space technologies and data on the continent, the business opportunities it offers and the necessary regulatory environment in the various countries.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.