SBAS signal over Africa commenced via the NIGCOMSAT-1R satellite

This early open service is imparted as part of the “SBAS for Africa & Indian Ocean” program for the autonomous provisioning over the continent of SBAS services, to enhance the performance efficiency of the satellite navigation constellations GPS and Galileo.

SBAS signal over Africa commenced via the NIGCOMSAT-1R satellite
SBAS signal over Africa commenced via the NIGCOMSAT-1R satellite

SBAS signal over Africa commenced via NIGCOMSAT-1R satellite

The Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar, ASECNA, recently announced that it has started to broadcast a SBAS (Satellite-Based Augmentation System) signal over Africa and Indian Ocean (AFI) region. This early open service is imparted as part of the “SBAS for Africa & Indian Ocean” program for the autonomous provisioning over the continent of SBAS services, to enhance the performance efficiency of the satellite navigation constellations GPS and Galileo. These SBAS services are expected to improve flight safety and efficiency in Africa.

The “SBAS for Africa and Indian Ocean” is established on the European EGNOS developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) acting under delegation of the European Commission and operated by the European GNSS Agency GSA. The system prototype utilizes the SAGAIE network deployed by CNES and ASECNA with the support of Thales Alenia Space as reference stations network.

Satnews quoted Dr. Abimbola Alale, MD/CEO of NIGCOMSAT Ltd as saying that they are proud to be part of this ambitious program to provide satellite navigation services in the Africa and Indian Ocean region. She further added that the application of their geostationary communication satellite NIGCOMSAT-1R navigation PRESS RELEASE payload to broadcast the first signal will be Africa’s premier contribution to SBAS as a regional satellite-based augmentation system for the continent