CEO is new VP on IAF


IAF Federation 


The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) was founded in 1951 to foster dialogue between scientists around the world and support international cooperation in all space-related activities. It is the world’s leading space advocacy body with over 300 members, including all key space agencies, companies, societies, associations and institutes across 66 countries.


Annually the Federation makes changes to the Elective Officers at the IAF Bureau to accommodate the growing number of space nations and organisations and to enable an exchange of knowledge, skills and influence amongst all members.These volunteer officers are elected by the IAF General Assembly, in accordance with procedures established in the IAF Constitution and By-Laws.

SANSA and DLR Renew their Space Collaboration Interests

IAC 2017a

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.

SA joins BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation

SA delegates at the BRICS meeting in China

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA), the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), the State Space Corporation "Roscosmos" (ROSCOSMOS), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) have today formally joined forces to create the BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation.

A Joint Committee Meeting was held in Haikou, China, on 3 July 2017 to review and deliberate on the progress of the BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation and to discuss a Draft Agreement to be signed later this year. It was stressed that the BRICS Satellite Constellation is the first substantive project in the field of space cooperation.

A successful orbit delivery & tracking

SANSA project team SANSA Project team

On 1 JUNE 2017 - Japan deployed the first of three navigation satellites it intends to launch in the next year, sending a 4.4-ton (4-metric ton) spacecraft on the way to a high-altitude orbital perch on top of an H-2A rocket to improve positioning data for drivers, hikers and government agencies in East Asia.

SANSA was contracted to provide Transfer-orbit support services (TOSS) for the QZS-2 satellite for launch plus one day.

To successfully carry this task, the agency had to utilise the HBK-07 KU antenna, which was originally installed in 1998, with its control system literally at the end of its operational life-span and without any support from manufacturers.

SANSA and the Japan International Cooperation Agency conduct training in agricultural crop monitoring and crop yield estimation to Government officials.

Training photo


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SANSA in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are currently conducting a three-day training workshop on the use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data in crop monitoring and crop yield estimation (maize). This hands-on training is taking place at the SANSA EO offices in the Innovation Hub and ends on Thursday, 25 May 2017.

The skills acquired during these three days will contribute in decision-making related to food security in the country.

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