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.


Wednesday, 23 May 2018
UCT SpaceLab students watch launch of Flying Laptop

UCT SpaceLab students observed the webcast of the successful launch of the Flying Laptop built by the Institute for Space Systems and the University of Stuttgart, a collaboration partner of the UCT SpaceLab.  We congratulate our partner IRS on the successful launch of this mission.

Publication Date:
Friday, July 14, 2017 - 09:15
Team SPAM carries out its rover mission

SpaceLab masters students in team SPAM ("Space Pioneers Analysing Mars") carried out their simulated Mars rover mission on Thursday 13 July. The team controlled a rover at the Canadian Space Agency's "Mars Yard" in real time over the Internet.

Publication Date:
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 16:30
SpaceLab students visit Houwteq facility

SpaceLab students visited the Houwteq Satellite integration facility in Grabouw. The students had an opportunity to see satellite testing facilities and several examples of space hardware.


Publication Date:
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 15:30
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