Analysis: Rethinking Satellite Procurement Contracts in Africa

This article covers the following:
Historical case studies of satellite procurement deals in Africa, including communications and EO satellite contracts. The number of African satellites built locally vs those acquired from foreign prime contractors. How much Africa has spent on satellite development programmes locally vs total expenditure on acquisition of satellites from foreign vendors. Changing dynamics of satellite development deals as African governments and institutions seek to build national manufacturing capabilities. Insights into the growing demand for local content by African governments for manly EO programmes in a quest to boost local space industry. Conclusion on the changing landscape of satellite procurement deals in Africa.

Egypt's TIBA-1 Communications Satellite To Be Launched On 22 November
Egypt's TIBA-1 communications satellite launched into space on 26 November 2019. Photo Credit: Airbus Defense and Space

More than ever, African countries are establishing satellite programmes with the ultimate goal of owning and operating space-segment systems and ground infrastructure that drive economic prosperity and help nurture a sustainable environment. Different countries and institutions on the continent are adopting strategies to develop capabilities in space. Some of the approaches prevalent on the continent…

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