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.


Tuesday, 20 October 2020
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
New book, entitled Integrated Space for African Society

A new book, entitled Integrated Space for African Society: Legal and Policy Implementation of Space in African Countries was recently published by Springer. This volume, edited by Dr Annette Froehlich (SpaceLab, UCT), represents the culmination of the comprehensive group work project undertaken by the 2017 cohort of the Space and Society module (EEE5124Z) here at the SpaceLab. This volume, published as part of the Southern Space Studies series, demonstrates that the high calibre of academic work done by students at the SpaceLab can make an original contribution to scientific literature and lead to an internationally recognised scientific publication. Of particular note, the foreword was written by Greg Olsen, American Entrepreneur-Astronaut and regular contributor to the Space and Society module lecture series.

Publication Date:
Wed, 15 Jan 2020 - 10:30
70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington
SpaceLab well represented at the IAC2019

SpaceLab was well-represented at the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington.

From left are:

Victor Hertel : An international Affiliate who spent 6 months at UCT SpaceLab. Victor is from the University of Stuttgart.  Asanda Sangoni : Current UCT SpaceLab student and works for SANSA. Barbara King : SpaceLab student who is hoping to graduate in April 2020. Professor Peter Martinez : Pioneer of UCT SpaceLab, now works for the SWF. Professor Martinez is an Honorary Professor and still very active in his work for UCT SpaceLab. David Lindgren : David graduated from MPHIL in Space Studies programme in December 2019. Ani Vermeulen: Ani also graduated from MPHIL in Space Studies programme in December 2019. Professor Rene Laufer : An Honorary Professor at UCT SpaceLab and works at Baylor University in Texas, USA.
Publication Date:
Mon, 13 Jan 2020 - 12:30