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.


Sunday, 23 July 2017
UCT SpaceLab partners with Mission Control Academy to offer exciting course on rovers in planetary exploration

UCT SpaceLab is proud to announce that it has partnered with Mission Control Services to offer a short elective course on rovers for planetary exploration in July 2017. Participants in the course will have the opportunity to control a real rover remotely at the Canadian Space Agency. The course will run in the week 10-14 July as an elective option in the MPhil in Space Studies programme. The course will also be open to occasional students for non-degree and CPD credits. For more information, contact


Publication Date:
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 09:45
UCT SpaceLab students at UCT EBE Research Expo

UCT SpaceLab masters students Louis Feng, Ani Vermeulen and Monica Estebanez-Camarena presented posters on their research at the recent UCT Engineering Faculty's Postgraduate Students Research Expo. Feng was awarded the prize for best poster in the Electrical Engineering category. Congratulations to all our students for their excellent posters. The posters are now on display in the UCT SpaceLab corridor.

Publication Date:
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 09:30
UCT SpaceLab student presents novel debris removal concept at European Space Debris conference.

UCT Space Lab masters student Wei-Yu Louis Feng presented a novel concept for space debris capture at the recent annual European Space Debris conference, held in Darmstadt, Germany in April 2017.


Publication Date:
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 09:15
SpaceLab welcomes visiting Fullbright scholar Prof Scott Madry

In April 2017 Scott Madry, a research associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant to visit UCT ‘SpaceLab’ in the Department of Electrical Engineering for teaching and research collaborations during 2017 and 2018.  Prof. Madry arrived for his first visit in April 2018, during which he lectured in the Space Applications course.


Publication Date:
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 09:00