Satellite: Nigeria's NigComSat-1R To Be Used By Africa's Air Navigation Body
The pan-African agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) has confirmed that it will be deploying NigComSat-1R to provide its first satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) open service which will among other things help improve flight safety and efficiency in Africa.
NigComSat-1R satellite managed and operated by Nigerian Communications Satellite which is owned by the Nigerian government via the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy of Nigeria.
Abimbola Alale, chief executive of NigComSat, commenting on the new service, said: "We are proud to be part of this ambitious program to provide satellite navigation services in the Africa and Indian Ocean region. The use of our geostationary communication satellite NigComSat-1R navigation payload to broadcast the first signal will be Africa's premier contribution to SBAS as a regional satellite-based augmentation system for the continent.
The Director-General of ASECNA said that "The provision of the first African SBAS early service It demonstrates the ambition and commitment of ASECNA to enhance air navigation safety for the benefit of the whole continent, in line with my vision for the unification of the African sky.