South Africa’s Current Vulnerabilities and Capabilities Relating to Space Weather

  • James WilsonEmail author
  • Nicolas RingasEmail author
Part of the Southern Space Studies book series (SOSPST)


Space weather is a naturally occurring phenomenon produced by the sun that can heavily disrupt human activities. Solar flares and corona mass ejections are bursts of high-energy radiation from the sun that can destroy satellites and possibly disable power systems for weeks, compromising modern societal life. South Africa is particularly vulnerable as a developing country. Fortunately, the South African National Space Agency has advanced space weather monitoring capabilities (such as ionosonde and magnetometer stations), and South Africa has a chance to position itself as and expert in this niche market, and partner with other African countries and the rest of the world. This sharing of data could eventually enable a worldwide early-detection system that could prevent catastrophes caused by space weather.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

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