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The Agency for Air Navigation Security in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA), Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd. (NIGCOMSAT) and Thales Alenia Space, the joint enterprise concerning Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), are working jointly to speed up the progress of SBAS (Satellite-Based mostly Augmentation System) providers for aviation in Africa.

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Exploiting the SBAS sign they are broadcasting more than the Africa & Indian Ocean (AFI) area due to the fact September 2020, delivering the very first SBAS open up support in this portion of the globe via the NigComSat-1R satellite, and subsequent up the flight demonstrations done effectively in final January at Lom Gnassingbe Eyadma Worldwide Airport, the 3 partners conducted on June 2nd 2021 a profitable SBAS demonstration flight amongst Douala and Kribi in Cameroon with a rotorcraft.

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The aim was to demonstrate on the industry the success of this technologies made as component of the SBAS for Africa & Indian Ocean programme, intended to autonomously supply SBAS solutions throughout the continent, hence improving upon the efficiency of the international navigation satellite units (GNSS), GPS and Galileo.

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The rotorcraft carried out a minimal-altitude, two-way demonstration flight along a small-level route linking two level-in-space (PinS) approaches to the Douala airport and a point in the vicinity of the oil platforms off the Kribi coast. The helicopter was supplied by Heli Union and the SBAS receiver by Pildo Labs. This experimental flight shown the means of the SBAS service to make improvements to navigation basic safety and efficiency, in see of the operational SBAS expert services expected to be shipped in 2024.

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On June 3 and 4 in Douala, a seminar arranged with the EGNOS-Africa JPO will host associates of main aviation institutions in Cameroon to raise recognition about the advancement of SBAS aviation services in Africa.

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We will go on to support and lead to the results of SBAS flight demonstrations using NIGCOMSAT-1R navigation payload to sensitize stakeholders in the direction of acceptance and adoption of SBAS engineering in Africas Aviation sector for its lots of gains in particular as it issues advancement of operational security, reduction in operational costs and ecosystem, declared Dr. Abimbola Alale, MD/CEO of NIGCOMSAT Ltd. It is in line with marching purchase and directive of the Honorable Minister of Communications and Electronic Financial state of Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM who has directed entire exploitation of the abilities and ability of NIGCOMSAT-1R satellite for digitalized economy in all sectors for sustainable progress in the continent.

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Thales Alenia Room is the great partner to assist international locations that want to put into practice their individual SBAS system, dependent on our demonstrated knowledge in establishing EGNOS1 for Europe and KASS for South Korea, coupled with our sophisticated satellite positioning technologies, mentioned Benoit Broudy, Vice President, Navigation Company Unit at Thales Alenia Place This most current demonstration proved the providers skill to enhance satellite navigation for helicopters, in addition to civil planes, and it will help accelerate the rollout of SBAS aeronautical expert services in Africa.

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Im happy that we have been ready to display the utility and efficiency of SBAS services on our continent for all the neighborhood of airspace consumers, from industrial aviation to typical aviation, and which includes rotorcraft, said Mohamed Moussa, Director Standard of ASECNA. In line with my vision of unification of the African Sky, the upcoming deployment of the SBAS for Africa & Indian Ocean program, the navigation remedy for Africa and by Africa, will profit to all the aviation stakeholders of the continent, maximizing sustainably the flight protection and performance Commented Mohamed Moussa, ASECNA Normal Director.

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About ASECNA
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ASECNA is an Worldwide community organisation. Its major mission is to deliver air navigation solutions inside of an airspace of 16,500,000 square kilometers, divided into 6 flight facts areas (F.I.R) as defined by the Global Civil Aviation Group (ICAO). ASECNA also develops alternatives for airport administration, aviation infrastructure reports and building, tools routine maintenance, calibration of air navigation instruments and coaching for civil aviation workers. Its 18 Member States are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Cte dIvoire, France, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad and Togo.

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ABOUT THALES ALENIA House

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Drawing on more than 40 many years of practical experience and a distinctive blend of competencies, abilities and cultures, Thales Alenia Area delivers price tag-effective remedies for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. Governments and non-public marketplace alike depend on Thales Alenia Area to layout satellite-primarily based programs that provide at any time, any place connections and positioning, monitor our world, greatly enhance administration of its methods, and check out our Photo voltaic Method and past. Thales Alenia Place sees place as a new horizon, aiding to develop a far better, far more sustainable existence on Earth. A joint undertaking between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia House also teams up with Telespazio to kind the mum or dad organizations Room Alliance, which offers a complete range of products and services. Thales Alenia Place posted consolidated revenues of somewhere around 1.850 billion euros in 2020 and has around 7,700 employees in 18 web sites in 11 countries across Europe and a plant in the United states of america. www.thalesaleniaspace.com

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About NIGCOMSAT
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Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT) is a organization and company less than the Federal Ministry of Communications and Electronic Economic climate whose mission is to be the major satellite operator and assistance company in Africa. NIGCOMSAT Ltd owns and operates the Nigerian Communications Satellite. The organization supplies progressive and reducing-edge satellite communications options by working and controlling a geostationary interaction satellite-NigComSat1R, crafted to give domestic and international satellite services by using a 2-way satellite communications providers throughout West, Central, South East Africa, Europe and Asia. The satellite is a hybrid Conversation Satellite with a payload for navigation overlay providers (NOS) technique very similar to EGNOS.

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