The South African Space Agency to be establish soon… in 2009?
The first time I heard about the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) was back in 2006. According to various reports, it looks like if the ball is on the roll.
The South African National Space Agency Act, was signed in January 2009. This should result that S.A. can have its own Space Agency later this year.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) said "The agency would promote the peaceful use of outer space, foster research in astronomy, earth observation, communications, navigation and space physics, foster international cooperation in space-related activities, and advance scientific, engineering, and technological competencies through human capital development. The DST added that the agency must also facilitate the development of space missions, develop technology platforms, and acquire, assimilate, and disseminate space satellite data for any organ of state."
In addition SANSA will also implement the National Space Strategy, which has been approved by the cabinet in 2008. It is aspected that the agency will work along other institutions.
DST said, "Some of the projects it will co-ordinate include the Square Kilometre Array bid, the Southern African Large Telescope, and South Africa’s second indigenous satellite, SumbandilaSat."
The first step towards establishing the agency would be to appoint a board of 10 to 15 members, a CEO, and a chairperson who will be appointed by the Science and Technology Minister.
Well, the clock is ticking…
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