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.


Saturday, 8 May 2021
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
A Broadband Apparatus for Underserviced Remote Communities - Connecting the Unconnected

With the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) an increasingly relevant topic, any community without access to the “broadband ecosystem” would be automatically excluded from any participation by default. The motivation behind this publication by Chris Kotze was to investigate how broadband internet could be delivered to those remote isolated communities currently prevented from participation in this technological revolution, due to a lack of infrastructure. The opportunity presented by the proposed large broadband satellite constellations (as remediation tool to solve the “last mile” issue) in conjunction with ancillary supporting technologies is center to the theme. Further information click here

Publication Date:
Thu, 09 Jan 2020 - 12:00
New Book Published on Embedding Space in African Society in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals

A new book was recently published involving a host of UCT SpaceLab members and other key figures in the space field (including Val Munsami, Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Space Agency), which provides a detailed insight into how space and its applications are embedded, and can be further embedded, into African society in support of the SDGs, while taking into account the specific features, needs, and diversity of that society. Contributions drawn from across the continent and further afield provide analyses of the particular social situations in a variety of different African countries and regions, and highlight areas where space applications support the SDGs, and where they can further do so. The chapters cover a wide array of relevant and timely topics including basic needs like water quality, education, and capacity building, as well as financial, security, and legal aspects, together with facets of space technologies and infrastructure in Africa.

Publication Date:
Wed, 08 Jan 2020 - 09:15
SpaceLab seeks new Professor of Space Studies

The University of Cape Town is seeking an experienced space professional to provide research and academic leadership to the University’s Space Studies programme. The full text of the advert can be found here. Applications close 29 November 2019.

Publication Date:
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 - 06:00