Call for nominations to serve on the SANSA Board


Seasons greetings and office closure


SANSA offices are closed between 22 December 2017 and 2 January 2017.

Using space to address Africa's developmental challenges at SFSA

Science forum SA is a "public science" event open to all interested stakeholders, which provides a platform for discussion and debate on the role of science in South African and African society as well as globally.

It is through conversations about science that the richness of science and its potential benefits can impact society best, especially on the African continent.

This year at the Forum which runs from 7-8 December 2017 at CSIR ICC in Pretoria, SANSA is hosting a discussion about how investment in space science and technology are being used as effective tools to develop the African continent. If you have an interest in the advancements of space technologies and their impacts on our daily lives as a student, interested party, or policy\decision maker, this session will be of value to you. ( )

Join our experts and those from Africa as they showcase their use of space science and technology to address some of the developmental challenges on the African continent. This is done through partnerships while providing immense opportunities for greater involvement for greater benefit. You can register to attend free at  

We look forward to seeing you there.

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.

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