Overview of the space programme in namibia by Dr Eino Mvula


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Overview of the space programme in namibia by Dr Eino Mvula

  1. 1. Overview of the Space Programme in Namibia Dr. Eino Mvula Chief Executive Officer 24 July 2013, Windhoek
  2. 2. Presentation Outline 1 Introduction 2 Past and Current Developments 3 Benefits from Space Science & Technology 3 Challenges 4 Looking into the Future 5 Conclusion
  3. 3. Unlocking Namibia’s potential A. NCRSTs Mandate Research Science and Technology Act, 2004 NCRST 1. Introduction
  4. 4. Innovation Value Chain Basic Research Applied Research Technology Dev Manufacturing National Commission on Research, Science & Technology Public Research Institutions (UNAM, Poly, ect) NBIC NDC Private Sector MTI B. Envisioning the Future 1. Introduction (Continues)
  5. 5. Research, Science and Technology Industrial Policy Trade Policy Education Policy National Quality Policy Health Policy Environment Policy C. Policy Environment 1. Introduction (Continues)
  6. 6. Ministry of Defence Ministry of Education MAWF Ministry of ICT D. Stakeholders in Space Science & Technology 1. Introduction (Continues)
  7. 7. 2. Past and Recent Developments A. HESS and HESS II: • In 1999 through an agreement between the University of Namibia and the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics four Optical Gamma Ray Telescopes were constructed in the Gamsberg Mountains. • HESS is a collaboration between numerous scientist from 12 states including, Germany, South Africa, France, UK, Sweden, Australia, etc. • Based on the successful discoveries of the first phase of HESS, it was decided to construct a 30 meter dish that is 70 meters high on the same site and is being termed as HESS II. The dish was inaugurated in 2012.
  8. 8. B. Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Project: • The Square Kilometre Array project is a global science and engineering project to build the world’s largest radio telescope. • The African effort has nine partner countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. • SKA African Associate Countries objective is capacity development in astronomy, engineering and information technology. 2. Past and Recent Developments (Continues)
  9. 9. C. Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) • CTA-South will consist of an array of Large-Size Telescopes (LSTs) for low- energy detections, Medium-Size Telescopes (MSTs) for medium- energy (core) range, and Small-Size Telescopes (SSTs) for high-energy detections. • Currently Namibia and Argentina are bidding for hosting the Southern site. • Namibia’s chosen site, the Aar site, has excellent environmental conditions for Astronomy and Astrophysics research and this makes it better than the Argentinian site. • CTA will be in a position to answer some fundamental questions of astronomy and astrophysics and will be a long-term (few decades) project for conducting research. 2. Past and Recent Developments (Continues)
  10. 10. D. China Manned Space Engineering Programme China Established Tracking, Telemetry and Command (TT&C) Station in 2000, Training programme is in place to build capacity. An Exhibition Hall was also established to promote space science. E. Others: • The South African National Space Agency’s (SANSA) Space Science Geomagnetic Observatory (Hermanus) has established observatories in Keetmanshoop and Tsumeb. 2. Past and Recent Developments (Continues)
  11. 11. 3. Benefits A. Weather Satelite • Weather satellites have dramatically improved weather forecasts and severe weather predictions B. Resource Monitoring • Remote sensing technology developed for analysis of planetary images has improved agricultural production. • Similar technology can be used for natural resource management and disaster analysis.
  12. 12. 3. Benefits (Continues) C. Ocean Studies D. Digital Maps E. Satellite Communications
  13. 13. 4. Challenges A. Coordination • There has been little attempt at coordination of space activities, which could result in duplication of efforts and facilities. B. Capacity • Lack of capacity (Infrastructure and Human)
  14. 14. 5 Looking into the Future • A National Space Policy & Implementation Strategy for Namibia-led and developed by NCRST to streamline activities and ensure benefits are obtained from the various activities and programmes being implemented. Advanced Skills Development R&D enabling Access R&D enabling Services Three key investment levers for creating Impact
  15. 15. 5 Looking into the Future (Continues) • CUBESAT programme also called Professional Development in Satellite Systems Engineering and Applications Programme (PDP) which is meant for the Development of Namibia’s first Nano-Satellite, Namsat-1 for educational and research purposes. • Earth Observation: Expand Namibia’s capacity in Earth Observation technologies for monitoring drought, floods and weather. • Expand the Space Science and Technology Outreach Programme -aimed at capacity building • Establish the Space Science and Technology Council under NCRST
  16. 16. 5. Conclusion • Namibia is reliant on space technology although limited capabilities has been developed to utilise this technology. • With the establishment of the NCRST we would expect: • improved coordination & funding of space science and technology activities; and • development policy and legilative instruments to support growth of the Namibia space arena and greater utilisation of space technology for national development.
  17. 17. Thank you!!!!
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