Welcome to the UCT SpaceLab
SpaceLab is a new platform created to promote multidisciplinary education and research in space science and technology at the University of Cape Town.
MPhil specialising in Space Studies
The University of Cape Town offers a multi-disciplinary Masters degree in Space Studies, with the possibility to upgrade to a PhD. We invite outstanding candidates to apply for this new programme.
Space in South Africa
South Africa has a rich heritage of participation in the Space Age. Now the country is gearing itself to play a more active role in the global space arena.


Friday, 3 July 2020
Professor Peter Martinez is awarded the 2020 Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal.

The 2020 Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal has been presented annually since 1986 to educators who have demonstrated excellence in taking the fullest advantage of the resources available to them to promote the study of astronautics and related space sciences.

His dedication to the Space Industry and his contributions have certainly not gone unnoticed and the appreciation that everyone at the IAF and in the Space Industry have for his work. 

Publication Date:
Tue, 23 Jun 2020 - 11:45
Talk of Space entrepreneur-astronaut Greg Olsen and solemn signing of 2017 SpaceLab Team project

On 11 February 2020 in the frame of the SpaceLab module Space and Society (EEE5124Z), entrepreneur-astronaut Greg Olsen gave a talk on “Entrepreneurship to Spaceship”. At this occasion, he also signed the recently published (Springer) volume on “Integrated Space for African Society: Legal and Policy Implementation of Space in African Countries” which is based on the SpaceLab team project of the module Space and Society (2017), and which includes a foreword from Greg Olsen.

Publication Date:
Thu, 05 Mar 2020 - 16:00
Start of SpaceLab’s 2020 Space and Society Lecture Week

Space and Society (EEE5124Z) lecture week started on 10 February 2020 with a variety of space related topics presented by Dr. Annette Froehlich around economic, political, military and regulatory aspects for space activities. Special emphasis of this year’s course was given by the lecture of Dr Sias Mostert on “Space Economy and Space Entrepreneurship in Africa” and Dirk Heinzmann on “Governmental approaches to applied use of space”. The public talk on “Entrepreneurship to Spaceship” by entrepreneur-astronaut Greg Olsen attracted former SpaceLab students, staff members and also SCAG point of contact for South Africa Leehandi De Witt assisted with various other UCT students.

Publication Date:
Thu, 05 Mar 2020 - 15:30
February Talk : Entrepreneurship to Spaceship

As part of the Space and Society course which runs from 10 - 14 February 2020, we will be having a talk by international speaker/entrepreneur/astronaut, Gregory "Greg" Olsen, who became the third private citizen to make a self-funded trip to the International Space Station.

You can read Greg's biography here.


For more details on the course or to attend the talk please contact



Publication Date:
Wed, 15 Jan 2020 - 10:45