The Safir project, supporting the introduction of the European system of stronger satellite connections in Africa, is becoming operational with the creation of a joint office in Dakar that is responsible for the management of satellite programs in Africa.
This project, named Safir (Satellite navigation services for African region) is a close collaboration between the European Union and Africa. It is responding to the expected increase in air traffic in Africa: between now and 2030 both freight and passenger traffic are expected to increase by just over 5% per year. The joint office was established in order to deploy global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) in Sub-Saharan Africa and, more specifically, EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service. Ultimately, the deployment of EGNOS across an area of 16 million square kilometres will support this growth while improvingthe security and efficiency of air traffic, but also by increasing satellite positioning performance for many applications such as aviation, but also the main transport sectors.
The joint office managed by Egis since December 2013 is tasked with defining the fundamental specifications for the development and deployment of EGNOS in Africa, and for monitoring the various phases of its implementation. This involves strengthening local skills, so that the newly created entity is able to continue its activity autonomously at the end of the two year assignment.
© Anton Balazh