South Africa unveils space agencyDecember 13, 2010 at 9:46 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa unveiled its national space agency on Thursday, aiming to become a leader in earth observation technology across the continent in 10 years, the minister of science and technology said.
The agency, which already has two micro-satellites, will produce timely data imagery to help detect natural disasters and monitor water resources around South Africa and the continent, Pandor said at the launch.
South Africa joins Nigeria, Algeria and Egypt among African countries which already have active space agencies…more
South Africa’s new national space agency will coordinate the country’s major space projects, promote space science research, develop related engineering and technological capacity, and devise and implement a national space programme.