Given the increasingly interconnected technological systems of today's society, the monitoring of space weather has become vital, as changes in space weather can negatively impact numerous sectors, leading to a cascade of operational failures.

 

Last year, the South African National Space Agency's facility in Hermanus, Western Cape became the Space Weather Regional Warning Centre for Africa.

 

The facility monitors the sun and its activity to provide information, early warnings and forecasts which are crucial for protecting satellites and the continent's national power grids and communications and navigation systems from the harmful effects of solar storms and other space weather phenomena.

 

The media are invited to join the Director-General of Science and Technology, Dr Phil Mjwara, on a tour of the Space Weather Regional Warning Centre on Monday, 10 June.

 

Dr Phil Mjwara will be joined by two international scientists; Prof Mark Moldwin, a Professor of Space Sciences and Engineering and Applied Physics at the University of Michigan’s Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering.

 

The other Prof,  Ari-Matti Harri is Head of the Space Research & Observational Methodologies Unit at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI). His experience is in the field of Earth observation investigations, planetary exploration, radar meteorological applications and space science.

 

 The media will also tour Africa's only applied science electromagnetic facility, which provides vital services to the defence, aviation and maritime sectors.

 

Details of the event:

 

Date:         Monday, 10 June 2019

Venue:      South African National Space Agency, Hermanus, Western Cape

Time:        10:00 – 15:00

 

To RSVP, please contact Veronica Mohapeloa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 083 400 5750.