in Space

Airbus to set up Virtual Space Data Centre in Namibia

Posted 6 March 2017 · Add Comment

Airbus Defence and Space and the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) have signed an agreement to set up a Virtual Space Data Centre in Windhoek for the creation of a geo-intelligence database for monitoring and growing key sectors of the Namibian economy.


By definition, geo-intelligence is the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geo-spatial information to describe, assess and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities across the surface of the Earth.

In terms of the agreement, the centre will receive and analyse imagery from a constellation of Airbus satellites to be set in orbit in order to enable the creation of the geo-intelligence database. However, no time-line was given for the establishment of the centre.

The database can be used by the government in developmental mapping and surveys as well as monitoring of growth/development in sectors such as agriculture, food security, transport and other infrastructural developments. 

Airbus Defence and Space head for Africa and the Middle East, France and the United Kingdom Jean-Marc Nasr hailed the collaboration with Namibia as the beginning of a broader relationship with Namibia:

“We see this initial project as the starting point for a broader relationship with our partners at the NUST and the  Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, which will include other aerospace themes,” Nasr said.

The Namibian Virtual Space Data Centre will receive satellite imagery from Airbus’s earth observation satellite constellation comprising the SPOT 6, SPOT 7, Pléiades 1A and 1B optical satellites and the TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X synthetic radar satellites.

Although they have different characteristics, the satellites have complementary capabilities.

In an interview with local media, NUST Vice-Chancellor Dr Tjama Tjivikua said the Namibian Virtual Space Data Centre will help the country in key development areas which include aviation, maritime, environmental and food security monitoring, mapping and surveying, disaster management and natural resources management. 

NUST is the host of the Namibian Institute of Space Technology (NIST), which was set up to coordinate the development of the country's aerospace, geo-intelligence, earth observation and spatial science capabilities.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Latest News

UK travellers heading to Tunisia should ensure travel insurance

Following news Thomas Cook has joined TUI in reintroducing Tunisian holidays from February 2018, travel insurance technology expert Aquarium Software is advising holidaymakers planning a trip to Tunisia this Easter that

SAA advises of US flight changes due to bad weather

South African Airways (SAA) advises all its customers of changes to its US flights due to adverse weather conditions.

School puts life saving in a class of its own

Kaleyesus Bekele explains why an East African flight school is luring cadets from other parts of the continent.

The playmaker heading for his next goal

Before he became chief financial officer (CFO) of AlMasria Universal Airlines, Ahmed Gadallah was a professional footballer with Egypt’s most famous club, Al Ahly. Ask him in what position he played and he smiles: “I was a playmaker.

Fastjet and LAM Mozambique sign MoU for future cooperation

Low-cost African airline Fastjet and LAM - Mozambique Airlines, have announced the signing of an MoU to explore long-term commercial cooperation.

More helicopters for Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso signed two agreements covering the delivery of two Mil Mi-171Sh transport helicopters and associated weapons during Russia’s Army 2017 exhibition, according to Sergei Kornev, the deputy director general of the Russian

TAA SK0902311218
See us at
Global Aerospace BT010518Aviation Africa BT18418