Posts tagged as space

Workshop discusses space resource utilisation of African countries

On 23 and 24 May 2019, a group of space agency, space industry, and academic experts from across Africa, as well as from the United States, Luxembourg, and Japan gathered in Pretoria, South Africa, to discuss  space resources in the context of African space activities and policy. This discussion on space mineral resources was timely […]

A simple satellite antenna that took South Africa by storm

When South Africa was invited to host the International Amateur Radio Union’s Youngsters on The Air (YOTA 2018) summer event there were several challenges. The main one was: What could South Africa offer young people, aged between 16 and 25, coming from all over Europe and Africa that was different and something they had not […]

New strategic direction and African focus for South African space agency

An interview with the chief executive officer of SANSA, Dr. Valanathan Munsami. In an exclusive interview, Clare van Zwieten, managing editor at EE Publishers posed a number of questions to South African National Space Agency (SANSA) CEO Dr. Valanathan Munsami to explore issues surrounding the new strategic direction that the agency will be taking and […]

Collaboration and integration key factors in South African space strategy

  This speech was given by Naledi Pandor, the Minister of Science and Technology, at the 2017 International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment (ISRSE) on 8 May 2017 at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria. South Africa has a long history in space science and technology. However, it was […]

Space is good for amateur radio: the story of SunSat

  It has been written and spoken about that amateur radio is a pasttime that contributes to communication, electronic and space activity development and training. In fact it is contained in the ITU definition of amateur radio: “A radio communication service for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations”. For amateur radio to stay […]

Two local CubeSats part of European QB50 project

  Two South African built CubeSats are due for launch from the international space station in January 2017 as part of the QB50 project. They are ZA-AeroSat from the University of Stellenbosch and nSight from the SCS Aerospace Group. The QB50 project will fill a gap in the study of the region below the ionosphere. […]

Space exhibition aims to inspire science careers

  Dr. Phil Mjwara, the director-general of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), officially opened the DST’s exhibit at Gateway to Space: The Exhibition on 1 June 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre. The exhibit focuses on the South African space sector and highlights astronomy as well as space science and technology. It is […]

James Webb telescope a successor to Hubble

  2018 will see another giant telescope venture into Space to study the solar system, enabling scientists understand more about its formation and how Earth became capable of supporting life. Named the James Webb Space Telescope, it will look across vast distances to find the earliest stars and galaxies and study the atmospheres of mysterious […]

Young SA women tackle STEM with satellites

  Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are today considered the area where most education systems make little impact. And yet STEM is one of the most important building blocks for young people to get into the mainstream of the economy. It is predicted that 80% of jobs require a STEM background; and only 10% […]