There are several space research organizations that are engaged in activities related to outer space and space exploration in Africa and according to the Business and Market Analysis of the African Space Industry done by Space in Africa, over $3 billion have been spent on space projects in Africa since the launch of NILESAT 101 by Egypt in 1998. We have created a list of African countries with Space Agencies – While some countries have established space agencies backed up by national laws, some countries have research centres that coordinate space activities in the country.
Algeria Space Agency – Algeria
The Algerian Space Agency الوكالة الفضائية الجزائرية, (ASAL) was established on January 16, 2002 in Bouzareah, Algiers. It is in charge of the Algerian Space Program. ASAL has flown six different satellites.
South African Space Agency – South Africa
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) was established in 2010. Following a period of rapid growth and transition, the agency has made significant advancements towards addressing its mandate of deriving greater value from space science and technology for the benefit of South African society. SANSA is responsible for all space activities in South Africa
NASRDA was established with a primary objective of establishing a “fundamental policy for the development of space science and technology” with an initial budget of $93 million. In May 2006, the new extended national space program was adopted.
NASRDA is responsible for all space activities in Nigeria. In 2006, Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) spinoff from NASRDA to manage and exploit the commercial viability of the Nigerian Communication Satellite for the social economic benefit of the nation
Egypt Space Agency – Egypt
In January 2018, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi passed Law No. 3 of 2018 establishing the Egyptian Space Agency, after the House of Representatives approved the law with the aim to develop and transfer space science and technology into Egypt to build satellites and launch them from Egyptian territories.
Up until then, National Authority for Remote Sensing & Space Sciences (NARSS) established in 1991 as a general authority for Remote Sensing has been in charge of the Egypt Space Program.
Kenya Space Agency – Kenya
The Kenya Space Agency was established in 2017, unfortunately, it is still not independent from the Kenya Ministry of Defence.
Launched on July 10, 2018 by the President of Zimbabwe, the Agency is responsible for all Space Activities in Zimbabwe.
The GGPEN (National Space Program Management Office) is an institution that has the oversight of the Interministerial Commission for the General Coordination of the National Space Program and under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies, in order to manage and monitor the development of the National Space Program which has as a project the Angosat. GGPEN is expecting Angosat-2 by 2020
CRTS is the National Institution responsible for the use, promotion and development of remote sensing space in Morocco. It is responsible for coordinating and managing national remote sensing space programs in partnership with ministries, universities and private operators. It is responsible for all space activities in the country.
There were speculations that the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute will become the Ghana Space Agency in January 2016. GhSA was intended to lead the nation’s civilian space exploration efforts, in accordance with the National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and Development Plan for 2011-2015.
However, up until now, the Ghana Space Science and Technology Centre (GSSTC) is still coordinating space activities in Ghana.
The Libyan Center for Remote Sensing and Space Science also known as LCRSSS, established in 1989, is a governmental research organization dedicated to the researches in remote sensing, space, and earthquake sciences, currently with more than 5 research stations. Headquartered in Tripoli, LCRSSS has a staff of close to 300 and is currently coordinating space activities in Libya.
Remote Sensing Authority (RSA) was established in 1977, as a National Remote sensing Center (NRSC) within the National Council for Research, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. In 1996 the Remote Sensing Center was renamed to Remote Sensing Authority and affiliated to the National Center for Research, Ministry of Science and Technology. While Sudan is anticipating for a Space Agency, NRSC is responsible for space activities in the country.
Tunisia Space Agency – Tunisia
While there is a movement for the official establishment of the Tunisian Space Agency, the National Mapping and Remote Sensing Center established under the Ministry of National Defence (CNCT) act of 1988 is in charge of space activities in the country.
AGEOS is a public institution of scientific, technological and environmental nature. The Agency’s mission is to contribute to the collection, analysis and provision of data from the spatial observation of the national territory for the sustainable management of the environment, natural resources, land use , spatial planning. AGEOS is the Gabonese Space Agency and controls all space activities and remote sensing in the country.
The main objectives of Establishment of Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute(ESSTI) are to enable the country to fully exploit multi-dimensional uses of space science and technologies; to produce demand-based knowledgeable, skilled and attitudinally matured professionals in the field of aerospace science that enable the country to become internationally competitive in the sector; to develop and strengthen space science and technology infrastructures to speed up space science and technology development in the country, and enable the country to be a robust contributor for the development of aerospace science and technology.
Last Updated 16 July 2020
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