LtoR - Hansjorg Dittus (DLR exec Board); Pascale Ehrenfreund (DLR Chairman) and Dr Val Munsami (SANSA CEO)
On 27 September 2017, on the margins of the 68th International Astronautics Conference (IAC) taking place in Adelaide, Australia, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V. (DLR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
This is the first extension of the MoU that was signed on 12 July 2012, thus confirming the party's intentions to continue with joint collaborative activities. Under the first MoU a number of successful initiatives have been implemented, which include the launch and hosting of an optical space laboratory in Sutherland, Western Cape, that will track space debris up to the geostationary orbit. In addition, an international Space Weather Camp has been initiated involving eight students each from South Africa, Germany and the United States.