Space in Africa Monthly Roundup

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Starting August 2020, The Southern Times will be giving you a monthly roundup of the most important news of the African space sector, courtesy of Space in Africa, a leading publisher of industry news on the continent.

Among the highlights in our first monthly roundup are the African Space Industry Report, Ethiopia’s new satellite, South Africa’s Space Hub, Africa and SpaceX, among other exciting issues.

 

Top Stories

The biggest news in the African space industry in August was the publication of the Space in Africa Industry Report. The report analyses the key issues involving the Africa space industry, the opportunities for businesses, new deals, satellite projects, researches, grants and partnerships.

The report creates an avenue for space enthusiasts, investors, researchers, and governments to reassess their interaction with the industry and also benefit from emerging opportunities.

The report predicts that the Africa Space Industry will be worth USD 10 Billion by 2024.

As the industry analysis goes live, the African space industry has also been introduced to the top ten under 30innovators in the industry. These are the youngest, brightest and most innovative people, who without doubt, are a reflection of Africa’s enthusiasm for space activities.

Ethiopia’s forthcoming satellite scheduled to launchin October is one of the most anticipated projects on the continent at the moment.

 

Projects, Announcements, Deals & Events

As the coronavirus pandemic intensifies, South Africa Space Agency is using space tech to tacklethe virus. South Africa’s Paratus and Gilat Telecom are also workingon enhancing ISP coverage in Africa through sat tech.

The International Astronomical Union has also given 20 African projects Astronomy grants to enhance solutions for the pandemic. Meanwhile, as the world commiserated with Beirut, Kenya’s RCMRD released satellite imagesassessing the extent of the explosion. In another incendiary incidence, Algeria has been monitoringfresh forest fires using the AlSat-1B satellite.

For Nigeria, the country is using satellite data to monitorflooding incidences in the country as it signs a new agreementwith India on outer-space exploration.

To facilitate knowledge sharing during the pandemic, South Africa Radio Astronomy Observatory has launchedan e-Learning platform for enthusiasts. Similarly, Copernicus Data has been made accessible for African institutions in an EU-AU partnership. Egypt has also launchedthe Space Summer School program for enthusiasts in the country. As capacity development is on the rise in Africa, a new report has revealed that African Private EO and Geospatial Companies Employ Over 3,400 People.

In Egypt, the government launcheda centre to monitor building violations using satellite images. In Ghana, however, Grow for Meand Solidaridadare using Satellite Imageries to provide funding opportunities for farmers. In Nigeria, Epinec Ltd is launchinga satellite-based monitoring infrastructure.

At administrative levels, the Angolan Space Agency getsa new office, Egypt extendsthe appointment of Egypt Space Agency CEO, Pontsho Maruping becomesDeputy MD of SARAO, Ethiopia renewsagreement with IAU for office space, South Africa set to builda Space Hub, Egypt launchescentre for spatial data infrastructure, as the SCS group faces a restructuring.

New agreements have also been signed across the continent as Azercosmos and iSAT seal Agreement to Provide Satellite Services in Africa, Egyptian Space Agency entersAgreement with UNISEC-Japan, Arabsat and Airbus partnerto build Multi-Mission Satellite, five African Projects benefitUK Space for Sustainable Development’s £3,4 million funding, ST Engineering iDirect partnerswith Paratus and KNS To Connect Mining Vessels In Guinea.

Across the continent, various discussions and events held to accentuate space activities on the continent. Over 1600 presentations were madeat the Technical programme of International Astronautical Congress (IAC). In anticipation of the World Radiocommunications Conference, African leaders also metvirtually to discuss projections for the continent.

 

Some professionals in the African space industry have shared their views on different projects on the continent.

AUC space expert, Dr Tidiane Ouattara spokeon the progress of the African Space Agency, Prof Melvin Hoare gives insight on the importance of the Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) project to the continent. Dr Abimbola Alale talks about Nigeria's Satellite Communications ambitions, Susan Murabana shares insightson astronomy, NASRDA’s scientific officer seeks curriculum updateacross the continent, a view which Chidinma Iroka shares.

 

Articles

SpaceX’s projects could have been launchedfrom Africa, Space in Africa’s Editor analyses the reason for this colossal miss. Satellites are important for landlocked countriesin Africa and an analysis of that can be read here. Kenya recently institutedan ICT policy that may be harmful to ICT development. Nigeria’s space policyis running late on its promises, yet has made commendable successes, here is a story on it. Meanwhile, it is important now, more than ever for countries to adopta universal space policy.

 

Financial reports

As the financial year moves to a close, Nilesat Reports USD 63.79 Million Revenue in H1 2020 Earnings Report, while Eutelsat Reports €98.2 million In Revenue From Africa In FY 2019-20 Results.

 

As the industry continues to grow, we at Space in Africa will continue to work assiduously to keep you updated on industry trends and growth.

 

Brought to you by Space in Africa, in association with The Southern Times. Visit https://africanews.spacefor more and related information on the African space sector 

 

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