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Satellite operators push new signal across Africa, Indian Ocean regionsTechnology

Satellite operators push new signal across Africa, Indian Ocean regionsTechnology
The Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA), has started to broadcast a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) signal

Related Glo eases subscriptions for heavy data users Paxful boosts operations by expanding local footprint FIFA ranks Nigeria 29th best, Belgium maintains number one spot The Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA), has started to broadcast a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) signal over Africa and Indian Ocean (AFI), providing its first open service in the region via NIGCOMSAT-1R Satellite managed and operated the by Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd.The signal-in-space is generated by a dedicated system tested, developed as part of the “SBAS for Africa and Indian Ocean” preliminary design phase, financed by the European Union, and awarded to Thales Alenia Space, Joint Venture between Thales (67 per cent), and Leonardo (33 per cent).The “SBAS for Africa and Indian Ocean” is based on the European EGNOS (1) developed by the European Space Agency (ESA), acting under the delegation of the European Commission and operated by the European GNSS Agency GSA.It will be visible in the whole of Africa and the Indian Ocean, up to the West Australian coast, and also in Europe.

Abimbola Alale, said: “we are proud to be part of this ambitious program to provide satellite navigation services in the Africa and Indian Ocean region.The Director-General of ASECNA, Mohamed Moussa, said the provision of the first African SBAS early service is a crucial major step forward in the development of satellite navigation in the AFI region, and in the deployment of the “SBAS for Africa and Indian Ocean” system, the navigation solution for Africa by Africa.

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