SANSA showcase at SciFest 2015


NASA astronaut, Dr Catherine Coleman at the SANSA stand with eager learners.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) to raise awareness for the achievements of light science, its applications and critical importance to humankind.

The 'light'' theme will run through the Annual SciFest Africa Festival in Grahamstown from 18-24 March this year. SANSA will, once more, be an active participant with programmes and projects that connects to this theme.

The SANSA team will be engaging with thousands of learners and members of the public during the festival at a space-themed exhibition stand. We will also present workshops and give demonstrations about the work we do.

The workshops themes include:

At the speed of light – exploring the electromagnetic spectrum and how it affects various facets of our daily lives.

Fundisa – a practical demonstration on the Fundisa disk and how it is used to address some problems we encounter on Earth.

Operator – understanding artificial satellites and opportunities for careers in the field.

Upside down light – insight into how light behaves through practical experiments.

SciFest has been and remains a good platform for SANSA to share what we do in the context of other entities of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and also give us a wide exposure to different stakeholder groups. Attending this year is also a senior delegation from our partner agency, NASA, who have also planned an exciting programme of engagement to get the youth excited about space.

Celebrating four years in space


With the successful launch of Sputnik over five decades ago, mankind began on the journey into the space age.

Today, agreements in space exploration and the application of space technologies have become integral to addressing earth and humanities challenges with a constant eye to the future of our existence and growing understanding of our history in the universe.

As a technologically advancing country and part of the global village, South Africa is increasingly becoming dependent on space based technologies and applications. This country has a rich history of space investment, dating back to the 1950s, thus enabling us to be an active participant in the global space arena. As space science and technology remain one of the five grand challenges for South Africa in the Ten-Year Innovation Plan, the South African National Space Agency was born on 9 December 2010 through the Department of Science and Technology.

Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme


The International Astronautical Federation is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the Emerging Space Leaders (ESL) Grant Programme, dedicated to young people, young professionals, that provides opportunities for students and young professionals to participate in the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC).


The young people selected to take part in the 2015 Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme will participate in the 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) taking place in Jerusalem, Israel from 12 - 16 October 2015. The individuals selected will also participate in other activities held the week prior to and during the Congress such as the UN/IAF Workshop and the Space Generation Congress (SGC) and Cross-Cultural Communication and Presentation Workshop.

Up to fourteen students and young professionals will be selected by the IAF to participate in the 2015 programme. Based on an agreement signed in March 2014 between IAF and HE Space Children's Foundation (HESCF), two of the fourteen students and young professionals will be funded by HESCF.

Speech: SANSA CEO at Africa Cubesat Workshop


(Photo: Dr Malinga receives the F'Sati Satellite Programme review report at the event)

Have you ever wondered why the wagon makers of the 19th century did not become car manufacturers at the advent of the motor car?

Today we are gathered here for the 2nd International Africa CubeSat Workshop.

Satellites have come a long way since the launch of the first satellite, Sputnik, in 1957.

They come in different shapes and sizes from nano-sats to multi-ton satellites.

They perform different functions from weather monitoring to gathering information on water quality and quantity.

They are built by different parties from universities to large corporations.

As we are gathered here, the question I asked at the beginning is pertinent and it is the title of my talk. That is,

Why didn't the wagon makers become car manufacturers?

The answer partially lies in the notion of disruptive innovation.



Photo: Dr Malinga (SANSA CEO) presenting at last years IASSA

The International Aerospace Symposium of South Africa (IASSA) 2014 is being held from 24-25 November at African Pride Irene Country Lodge Centurion, Pretoria.

IASSA 2014 is convened by the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) and the Flight Test Society of South Africa (FTSSA).

IASSA brings together the full spectrum of aerospace engineers, academics, researchers, students and industry leaders in South Africa and their international counterparts and provides a forum dedicated to the exchange of ideas and discussions of recent advances in aerospace engineering and related technologies from a scientific as well as an industrial applications point of view.

IASSA is the leading forum for the sharing of developments in aerospace technology and fostering networking and partnering.

SANSA is partnering with IASSA to bring you more from the space industry in South Africa.

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