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Girls in space! Africa’s first private satellite – designed by schoolgirls

Africa is about to launch its first private satellite. It's a unique achievement - not least because the engineers designing the satellite's payload aren’t veteran astrophysicists, as you might expect. They’re teenage schoolgirls.

Facebook developing satellite internet for Africa

Facebook developing satellite internet for Africa

Facebook wants to launch an internet-satellite that could boost internet connectivity and bring fast, reliable and cost-effective broadband to more than 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa as early as 2016, including South Africa. People living in remote regions will benefit in particular.

MeerKAT reaches another milestone

Four out of 64 sub-reflectors have been completed for the MeerKAT section of the Square Kilometre Array. And a new sub-reflector manufacturing plant has been opened by Stratosat Datacom outside Johannesburg to build the parts.

The sky is not the limit for African astronaut Mandla Maseko

Nelson Mandela taught us not to let our circumstances stop us from achieving greatness. Mandla Maseko is doing just that. A part-time DJ from Mabopane who had to put his studies on hold because of financial constraints, is to become the first black astronaut.

The sky is not the limit for African astronaut Mandla Maseko

Nelson Mandela taught the world plenty of things; notably, don't let your circumstances stop you from achieving greatness. Mandla Maseko is doing just that. A part-time DJ from Mabopane who had to put his studies on hold because of financial constraints, he is to be the first black astronaut.

From township to space, the world’s first black African astronaut

It's a long way from Mabopane to outer space, but Mandla Maseko has strapped on his boots and is on the way there. The young DJ will be the first black African astronaut, after beating a million or so contestants to win the global Axe Apollo Space Academy competition.

Eye in the sky benefits society

The science of earth observation is gaining ground in South Africa. It helps us understand our environment, using satellite information to anticipate climate variations such as drought or floods, plan our towns, and manage disasters.
SA’s space capabilities set to grow

Africa's New Dawn satellite in orbit

Africa’s New Dawn satellite in orbit

Intelsat New Dawn, Africa's new communications satellite, blasted into orbit from Arianespace's rocket station in Kourou, French Guiana on 22 April. The satellite has 90% African, including South African, funding, and promises to boost communications on the continent.
Lift-off for South Africa's satellite

State to acquire local satellite maker

The Cabinet has approved a deal for the government to acquire a majority equity share in SunSpace - the local company that has built both of South Africa's micro satellites - in a bid to retain and improve the country's space capabilities.

Tracking elephants across Africa

A team of US and African researchers are using GPS technology to track elephants across Africa in order to reduce the animals’ conflict with humans and better understand their ecology and behaviour.

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