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South African satellite ready for lift off

A nanosatellite built in South Africa will be sent to space early next year to collect data for atmospheric research as part of the...

Space science can solve socio-economic problems

Skills, jobs, and social issues – these are on the agenda for South Africa's space industry. It is pouring resources into building a pipeline of space scientists, and is using its facilities to help understand climate issues. Co-operation with other nations, such as China, is key.

Brics turns its attention to space

Brics turns its attention to space

The South African Brics Think Tank has spoken out about unhealthy competition in space exploration. It is important to work co-operatively says the group, which points out that with MeerKAT and the Square Kilometre Array South Africa is "one of the primary stargazers".

South Africans at the frontier on Play Your Part TV

The sixth episode of Brand South Africa's Play Your Part television series, which airs on SABC 2 on Sunday 20 July at 9pm, features pioneering South Africans who are Playing their Part by pushing the boundaries of technology, the environment and space.

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.

Time-travelling SKA to look back at the birth of stars

Foreign journalists touring South Africa's centres of innovation excellence were given an inside look at the country's Square Kilometre Array project, an international effort to build the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world, two-thirds of which are being built right here.

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.

From South Africa to space on Virgin

From South Africa to space on Virgin

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic has appointed its first accredited agent to sell space flights in South Africa. For R1.5-million or thereabouts, the company will treat Earthlings to sub-orbital flights reaching more than 100km above the planet - with zero gravity time and astronaut training thrown in.
Space boffins meet in Cape Town

Space boffins meet in Cape Town

Africa's involvement in space activities would help address the challenges of telecommunications, energy and food insecurity on the continent, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on the opening day of the 62nd International Astronautical Congress in Cape Town.

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