The South African National Space Agency (SANSA), in proud partnership with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the DTIC), ZASpace Inc and BrandSA, will support the profiling of some of the local space industry representatives at the world’s largest space conference, the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Dubai. The Congress will hold from 25-29 October 2021.
SANSA developed an attractive South African space pavilion exhibition to accommodate showcasing products and services. Thus, the pavilion will showcase eight industry partners (all members of ZASpace Inc) to the global space community. Furthermore, attendance to the IAC is over 4000 delegates. This comprises Heads of space agencies/organisations, international space industry players to the extensive space academic representation.
The delegation will participate in numerous aspects of the technical programme and the establishment of essential partnerships. These will be through Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signings between SANSA and various space agencies. This activity is in addition to the impressive display of South African technology and innovation.
“These partnerships are crucial for South Africa to access and participate in impactful space missions and knowledge generation. Some of the agreements being confirmed at the IAC include MoUs with Ukraine, UKSA and bilaterals with Luxemburg Space Agency and, Brazilian Space Agency,” said Dr Val Munsami, SANSA CEO, who also holds the Chair of the Administrative Committee for Developing Countries and Emerging Communities of the International Astronautical Federation.
Furthermore, BrandSA is showcasing the vast and diverse array of South African economic, cultural and tourism opportunities at the Dubai EXPO. This world-class investment platform is one of the oldest and largest international events on the planet.
Hosting the IAC in Dubai provides an extension to the Dubai Expo beyond the impressive virtual experience. This is via enabling a powerful physical platform to demonstrate the growth and innovation potential of the local space industry. The platform will consequently help the country to draw investment and grow the economy.
Furthermore, government support is critical for the sustainability and success of space programmes. Thus, the DSI and the DTIC have committed to contribute towards public-private collaboration in growing the national space programme and assets.
Faleti Joshua is an avid lover of space in all its incomprehensible nature. He holds both an LL.B and a B.L degree. Joshua is a lover of music and a lawyer in his free time.