n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - South African National Space Agency launched : space news
|Article Title||South African National Space Agency launched : space news|
|© Publisher:||Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA)|
|Journal||MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Apr 2011|
|Pages||46 - 49|
|Keyword(s)||South African Astronomical Observatory|
South Africa, like all other countries nowadays, is critically reliant on space technology. Space applications are so embedded in our modern lives that most people are unaware of how much use they make of space technology, every day. Government is also a very significant user of space technology and is often the actor in the space value chain that picks up the costs of space applications and infrastructure. This is certainly the case for "public good" space activities, such as Earth observation. In 2003, a number of government Departments started to consider South Africa's reliance on space technology as a country, and how government could use its resources in this domain more effectively. These discussions led to the conclusion that South Africa needed a national space agency to coordinate all the previously disparate space-related activities carried out by a number of government Departments and their agencies.
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