Enabling effective decision-making through access to space and earth data.

SANSA’s purpose is to promote the use of space and strengthen cooperation in space-related activities while fostering research in space science, advancing scientific engineering through developing human capital, and supporting industrial development in space technologies.

SANSA provides space-related data services using observational earth and space data to assist navigation, communication technology and weather forecasting services, and also support policymaking, decision-making, economic growth and sustainable development in South Africa.

Earth observation focuses on collection, processing, archiving and distribution of data to public and private sectors to support planning and execution of initiatives that encourage economic growth and sustainable development.

Space science focuses on monitoring space weather that directly impacts satellite communication, navigation, aviation, and electricity sectors.

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SANSA offers multiple services, that support and stimulate industry growth in areas such as:

  • Human settlement planning.
  • Water resource management.
  • Fire mapping and disasters.
  • Space weather forecast and warnings.


Earth intelligence enables us to improve planning that directly impacts society in areas such as human settlement, food and energy security, weather forecasting and early warning systems to prepare, mitigate and adapt for disasters.

Through this earth intelligence, South Africa is able to participate in the global space economy, providing forecasts, warnings, alerts, and environmental data on space weather conditions. This provides services and products for areas for communication and navigation systems in the sectors such as defense, aeronautics, navigation and communication.

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Industry Sectors

SANSA services are used by any industry that uses data to drive their business or inform decision-making, these include:

  • Financial services
  • Telecommunication
  • Mining
  • Aviation
  • Agriculture
  • Energy