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Latest African space industry report shows sector growth

Market research analysts Space in Africa has released the African Space Industry Report – 2019 Edition, which covers Africa’s journey in space from 1998 through May 2019. It explains how the industry has already reached over $7-billion of annual revenues and is projected to grow at a 7,3% compound annual growth rate to exceed $10-billion […]

South African drone industry interest group launched

The South African Federation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SAFU) was launched in Kyalami in Johannesburg on 20 June 2019, to establish a platform for collaboration between regulatory authorities such as the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the drone industry. The federation’s membership comprises private drone companies, and was founded by NTSU Aviation Solutions […]

Promoting land surveying with a global mapping effort

This week, 16 to 23 June 2019, the global organisation Land Surveyors United is celebrating International Land Surveyors Week. During this week professional land surveyors and surveying students globally celebrate the value of professional land surveyors in society, promote public awareness and introduce careers in surveying to the next generation. There are dedicated days of […]

Developing an integrated data service ecosystem

For the past year, SAEON’s uLwazi Node has been developing a data services ecosystem and websites for climate change adaptation for the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). Each service serves as an individual component for a different aspect of climate adaptation, including adaptation monitoring and evaluation, climate change response, and detailing disaster impact along with […]

Workshop discusses space resource utilisation of African countries

On 23 and 24 May 2019, a group of space agency, space industry, and academic experts from across Africa, as well as from the United States, Luxembourg, and Japan gathered in Pretoria, South Africa, to discuss  space resources in the context of African space activities and policy. This discussion on space mineral resources was timely […]

Mine surveyors discuss qualifications and regulations

The Institute of Mine Surveyors of South Africa’s (IMSSA) Mpumalanga Branch meeting was held at the Cullinan Destiny Lodge, Cullinan on 17 May 2019 and was attended by 56 members. Dennis Rae from the Minerals Council South Africa informed members that the planned phasing out of the Chamber of Mines exams has been postponed indefinitely […]

Teams to compete in subterranean mapping challenge

Eleven Systems teams and five Virtual teams have qualified to compete in the DARPA Subterranean Challenge: Tunnel Circuit; additional teams may qualify for Virtual competition until 10 June 2019. The eleven teams from around the world will attempt to remotely map, identify, and report the greatest number of artefacts along the passages of a Pittsburgh […]

Challenge fosters technologies to map, navigate and search underground

Nine teams hailing from four continents gathered in Colorado, US during April 2019 to test autonomous air and ground systems for navigating dark, dangerous, dirty, and unpredictable underground environments. The SubT Integration Exercise, known as STIX, took place at the Colorado School of Mines’ Edgar Experimental Mine. The event provided a test opportunity for competitors […]

New open mining format under development

The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) is developing Version 2.0 of the Open Mining Format (OMF), an open-source file specification for 3D data interoperability. Mining requires a wide range of spatial data and new technologies are adding to their complexity. While these changes create better representations of geological phenomena, moving complex data between proprietary software […]