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Workshop on Co-location of Astronomy and Other Space Infrastructure

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The African-European Radio Astronomy Platform is organising a workshop on Co-location of Astronomy and Other Space Infrastructure on 23-24 February 2015 in Pretoria, South Africa. 

 

 

 

The aim of the workshop is to engage in a constructive dialogue, with considered inputs from experts in South Africa, the rest of Africa and Europe, on the feasibility of co-locating core ground based instrumentation and space related infrastructure with existing or soon to be realised radio astronomy facilities within the African continent. The primary intention is to identify cost-effective technology options for the provision of in-situ and spatial datasets in support of research, the development of decision-making tools, and embedding such datasets in products and services.  

 

 

 

The time is ripe, with the planned conversion of defunct telecommunications dishes for radio astronomy observations in several African countries to form the African Very Large Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) Network, to seriously consider the co-location of apposite instrumentation and infrastructure with these dishes. The coexistence of space related infrastructure, ground based instrumentation and radio astronomy facilities provide an excellent opportunity for human and financial resource mobilisation and optimisation in building up the requisite capacity in support of an observation network on the African continent. 

 

 

 

The purpose of the initiative will be on evaluating the technical feasibility of the co-location of different infrastructures with a specific focus on the socio-economic investment case, and related opportunities for industrial and business cooperation, including technology transfer and skills development on the African continent.  The specific focus would be to explore the feasibility of co-locating  radio astronomy and geodesy projects with global navigation satellite service infrastructure as well as other space-based services for society, e.g. Earth observation, e-health and e-education, and communication. 

 

 

 

Objectives

 

 

 

Develop technology transfer and skills, which will improve employment opportunities, and

 

Build on the economic investment case and related opportunities for industrial and business cooperation, through the evaluation of the technical feasibility of the co-location of different infrastructure.

 

 

Agenda

DAY 1: 23 February 2015

 

Time

Agenda

13:00-14:00

Registration & Networking

 

Opening session

14:00-14:15

Welcome remarks

 

Vinny PILLAY

Department of Science and Technology (DST), South Africa

 

Stéphane HOGAN

EU Delegation to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

 

SESSION 1

14:15-15:30

What is Co-location?

 

Chair: Val MUNSAMI, DST South Africa

 

Ian JONES

Goonhilly Earth Station, UK

 

Ramatholo SEFAKO

South African Astronomical Observatory

 

 

SESSION 2

16:00-17:30

Drafting of co-location principles

 

Chair

Arnold Van ARDENNE

Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON)

 

17:30

 

Conclusion Day 1

DAY 2: 24 February 2015

 

Time

Agenda

09:00-10:30

South Africa / Africa – EU partnership opportunities in co-location – thematic presentations

 

Radio astronomy – the case of the Africa VLBI Network

Ludwig COMBRINCK

Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory

 

Navigation – the case of EGNOS extension to South Africa

Eugene AVENANT

South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

 

Earth observation – the case of AfriGEOSS

Andiswa MLISA

Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat

 

10:30-11:00

Coffee break

11:00-12:30

Exploring partnership opportunities: synergy between thematic areas

 

Chair

Domingos BARBOSA

Institute of Telecommunications, Portugal

 

12:30-14:00

Lunch

 

14:00-15:00

Potential instruments and funding opportunities to support co-location partnerships

 

Chair

Declan KIRRANE

African-European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP)

 

15:00-16:00

5 Recommendations for implementing a co-location roadmap

 

Chair

Declan KIRRANE

AERAP

 

16:00

Concluding remarks

 

Vinny PILLAY

Stephane HOGAN