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.


Thursday, 6 August 2020
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
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