The SpaceLab at the University of Cape Town and the the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) of the University of Stuttgart have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen and deepen the "cooperation in science and education in the field of space sciences and technology" between both institutions.
In 2015 the United Nations adopted a set of seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UCT SpaceLab students recently completed a study of the role that space technology can play in meeting these SDGs in Africa.
Two SpaceLab students won the best masters oral presentation and best masters poster prizes at the 61st Annual SA Institute of Physics Conference that was held in Cape Town from 4 to 8 July 2016.
A United Nations Working Group under the Chairmanship of UCT SpaceLab's Professor Peter Martinez recently reached agreement on a first set of guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities.