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.

For more information visit: http://www.iassa.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=53



Invitation to a public lecture

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If you have always been fascinated with space and it's phenomoena, here's your chance to learn more about 'Sprites in Space'

Please bring aloing your ID or drivers licence to access the venue. Directions to the DST are here: http://www.dst.gov.za/index.php/about-us/road-map-to-dst-offices



Join us for a space engineering industry seminar



SANSA is hosting its first space engineering industry seminar to create a platform for debate and promote inclusiveness in the revival of the South African space engineering industry.

South Africa continues to be an important global player in space science and technology. The two mini-satellites (Sunsat1 and SumbandilaSat) and the CubeSat (TshepisoSat) put South Africa on the world map as a participant with space engineering capabilities within the satellite class-range of nano to micro- satellites. The Houwteq space environmental testing facilities also gives South African technologies the required competitive-edge and boost existing space capabilities.

National Science Week 2014


The SANSA Science Advancement teams have been extremely active this week around the country in celebration of National Science Week (NSW). It is an annual week-long event aimed at celebrating the role that science, mathematics, engineering and technology play in everyday life and encouraging more young people to follow careers in these fields.

 Overview of engagements

 Visit our Open Day on Saturday!


 open day aug2014


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