Avanti Communications is a leading global satellite operator headquartered in London, UK, which owns radio spectrum assets and operates a fleet of satellites (HYLAS 1, HYLAS 2, and ARTEMIS) and ground network assets to deliver high-speed data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Avanti currently provides business and consumer broadband to customers and connected education services in Africa. The company is building capacity to develop and enable Telemedicine, eHealth and Navigation services throughout the region.

Avanti leads the SBAS-AFRICA programme, using an array of high-value assets, including the ARTEMIS and HYLAS 2 spacecraft and their associated Gateway Earth Stations in UK and Cyprus along with the Avanti backbone data network, to deliver the SBAS-AFRICA services. In parallel, Avanti directs the development of SBAS business cases for multiple market sectors, such as aviation, maritime and agriculture, in the Southern and Eastern African geographies and provides the economic impact assessment evidence for South African stakeholders and decision-makers.


UK Space Agency is an executive agency of the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, made up of about 70 staff based in Swindon, London and the UK Space Gateway in Oxfordshire. The Agency is responsible for:

  • leading the UK civil space policy and increasing the UK contribution to European initiatives
  • building a strong national space capability, including scientific and industrial centres of excellence
  • co-ordinating strategic investment across industry and academia
  • working to inspire and train a growing, skilled UK workforce of space technologists and scientists
  • working on national and international space projects in co-operation with industry and academia
  • regulating the UK civil space activities and ensuring the UK meets international treaty obligations

The United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA) is funding the SBAS-AFRICA project through its International Partnership Space Programme (IPSP). UKSA signed an MoU with the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in July 2015.


The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is mandated by the government of South Africa through the SANSA Act, 36 of 2008, to promote the peaceful use of space, foster international cooperation in space-related activities and create an environment conducive to industrial development in space technology through research, human capital development, outreach programs and infrastructure development.

Our impact is derived from merging and repackaging the existing national capacity, competence, experience, skills and expertise in space science and technology into six thematic focus areas:

  • Earth Observation
  • Space Operations
  • Space Science
  • Space Engineering
  • Space Advancement and Public Engagement
  • Human Capital Development

Within Space Operations the Navigation program strives to establish a space based augmentation system for Southern Africa. It has been involved in the promotion of SBAS in RSA from 2009 through a number of collaborations with the European Commission. With SBAS-AFRICA the opportunity arises to demonstrate the capabilities of SBAS in the region with a real system. SANSA will use its network in industry to connect the user base to the consortium in order to develop the business model further. Its past experience with industry will also help the consortium with setting up the test-bed and conducting the trials in the different application domains.


GMV is a privately owned technological business group with an international presence. Founded in 1984, GMV offers its solutions, services and products in very diverse sectors: Aeronautics, Banking and Finances, Space, Defense, Health, Security, Transportation, Telecommunications, and Information Technology for Public Administration and large corporations. Our goal is to support our client's processes by dint of technologically advanced solutions, providing integrated systems, specialized products and services covering the whole life cycle. These range from consultancy and engineering services up to the development of software and hardware, the integration of turnkey systems and operational backup.

In the context of the SBAS-AFRICA project, GMV’s role is to provide the SBAS message generation platform based on its magicSBAS product suite. The SBAS message generated by the platform will receive inputs from the network of stations located in South Africa. The SBAS message will be then transformed into an RF signal via a Signal Generator. GMV is also in charge of controlling the Signal Generator and making a real-time Safety check in order to assure the validity of the SBAS data to be broadcast and not to interfere with any other SBAS system. GMV will also support AVANTI in the integration of the magicSBAS product suite with the Uplink station, on the SBAS trials to be performed and the way forward to be defined in South Africa.


NSL is one of the leading companies in Europe involved in satellite navigation, specialising in delivering reliable and robust Global Navigation Satellite System technologies for a variety of applications, such as those that impact safety, or are critical in terms of business, finance and security.

Within the SBAS-AFRICA project NSL is responsible for the development, deployment, testing and validation of the Ground Monitoring Stations (GMSs). As part of the Service demonstration of the project, NSL will contribute to the designing of scenarios for testing, handle the execution and analysis of performance monitoring of the SBAS messages.


Adroit Economics specialises in helping make businesses cases for, the appraisal and evaluation of, public and private investment in projects, programmes and policy measures.  We undertake assignments across a wide range of policy and technology fields, for the European Commission, the UK and other national governments, for intermediary organisations and investment agencies and for industry.  We are specialists in the use of cost benefit analysis, economic impact modelling and other key appraisal tools, helping Governments and other investors consider investment options in complex projects and programmes in different fields…science and technology, education and skills, infrastructure and the built environment, enterprise and innovation.

Adroit Economics’ role is to help develop business cases for investment in SBAS,  for Government, for users such as airports, airlines, port operators, shipping lines, farms etc.  We use cost benefit analysis as a key tool in helping develop business cases, enabling us to assess take up and use of SBAS services, benefits, financial and economic impacts that will flow, costs of adoption and use…and return on investment.   Cost benefit analysis is a powerful appraisal tool that helps government and users consider and compare alternative options for investing in and use of SBAS – for example to help the RSA Government consider investment decisions in an SBAS service, to help operators/major users to consider costs and benefits of using SBAS.


PildoLabs is an engineering company specialized in delivering top of the edge technology and services within the aeronautics and aerospace sectors. PildoLabs supports Aviation Stakeholders in the research and development of more sustainable Air Traffic Management (ATM) concepts and operations.

PildoLabs will look at developing and defining the scenarios for flight trial demonstrations, consolidating the data and analysing the performance of the SBAS service.


University of Bath is one of the leading research intensive universities in the UK. The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Bath has led numerous projects in to the physics and chemistry of the upper ionised atmosphere. 

As a partner in SBAS-AFRICA consortium, University of Bath will act as scientific consultants specialising in the development of ionospheric correction algorithms and carry out a study to assess the impact of ionosphere and ionosphere modelling on SBAS service provision. Effect of Ionosphere on L-band GNSS signals depends on a number of factors such as solar activity, local time and latitude.


Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales and Finmeccanica providing products and services in space systems. Thales Alenia Space has designed, integrated, tested, operated and delivered innovative space systems that meet the needs of commercial and government customers from around the world, spanning the space, defense, science and security markets.

As part of the SBAS-AFRICA project, Thales Alenia Space will deploy SBAS ground monitoring stations in Madagascar and will generate SBAS navigation data messages in support of assessment of provisional service coverage and flight trials over Madagascar and its associated Flight Information Regions, working in conjunction with ASECNA.


The Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASCENA) is an air traffic control agency, based in Senegal, which includes 17 African Member States and France. It manages about 16.1 million square kilometres of airspace divided into six flight information regions (FIR) in accordance with ICAO requirements. Its overarching mission is the provision and security of airspace navigation.

In the SBAS AFRICA project ASECNA will support the deployment of SBAS ground monitoring stations in Madagascar and engage in flight trials and evaluation of the benefits and business cases in relation to the provisional service coverage over Madagascar and its associated FIR(s).


The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana is the foremost national science and technology institution in Ghana. It carries out scientific and technological research for national development.

CSIR has had an active interest in GNSS technologies and applications for several years and is keen to identify the potential economic benefit that SBAS services can offer Ghana across all areas of transportation including aerospace and road transportation. CSIR will investigate the potential for increasing the GPS Ground Network monitoring network coverage in Ghana.