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, 22 October 2021
Space Supporting Africa: Security, Peace, and Development through Efficient Governance Supported by Space Applications published by SpaceLab students Nicolas Ringas, James Wilson, and honorary lecturer Dr. Annette Froehlich

Africa faces numerous challenges relating to good governance due to its vast and diverse landscape, as well as its history. This book explores the role of space-based applications in supporting African good governance by strengthening civil society, bolstering democratic processes and advancing socio-economic development. The increased use of such applications can accelerate Africa's progress towards the United Nations Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the African Union's Agenda 2063 aspirations.

Publication Date:
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 - 10:45
Womans Month featuring Barbara Ojur
Barbara Ojur MPhil graduate featured in Woman's Month

The SpaceLab has attracted very talented and inspirational students. Many have moved on in world out there, but they remain a part of the UCT and SpaceLab community. 

Publication Date:
Fri, 28 Aug 2020 - 11:15
An Assessment Framework for Compliance with International Space Law and Norms Promoting Equitable Access and Use of Space for Emerging Actors by David Lindgren (SpaceLab alumni)

As the outer space environment becomes increasingly complex as new and different types of space actors gain access, it remains crucial to understand how well advanced, intermediate, and emerging space nations follow international space law and norms. The publication by David Lindgren (UCT Spacelab alumni) presents a framework to assess the compliance of these actors with space-related treaties, principles, resolutions, and guidelines adopted within the United Nations and similar international bodies. By examining a select group of case studies, the framework serves as a useful tool for policymakers and other interested stakeholders to identify specific areas in which space nations may improve their adherence with international space law and norms. 

Publication Date:
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 - 11:30
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.

Professor Peter Martinez dedication to the Space Industry and UCT SpaceLab have certainly not gone unnoticed. The award shows the recognition and appreciation that everyone at the IAF and in the Space Industry have for his work. 

Publication Date:
Tue, 23 Jun 2020 - 11:45