Since 2014, NUST and AIRBUS have held several discussions on the best possible remote-sensing-solution mix for Namibia.
Despite a lot of efforts in this regard, the proposal of a ’Direct Receiving Ground Station’ for Namibia was abandoned in 2015 due to the high costs associated with establishing such a station. However, renewed discussions focused on investigating a value-based cost effective remote sensing solution for Namibia and this has resulted in the plans to establish NSDC.
The Centre will find wide applications in Namibia in the fields of aviation, maritime and land transportation, urbanisation, mapping and surveying, human health, disaster management, food security and sustainable agriculture, environmental monitoring and natural resources management.
The data will be made available to government ministries and various entities.
Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor said: “This initiative, therefore, is a step in the right direction of achieving some of our goals as set in our National Space Science Strategy and supports directly some major goals of our Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) of sustainable and equitable economic growth, development of human resources, ensuring a sustainable environment and promoting effective data enabled good governance.”
Stephanie Le Grand, the Airbus Bid Manager, gave a presentation on the overview of the Centre, giving detailed logistics of how the project will be executed.
The date on which the establishment of the Centre is envisaged, is yet to be announced as in-depth trial runs must first be conducted.