New book, entitled Integrated Space for African Society

15 Jan 2020 - 10:30

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.


The book provides extraordinary insight into the African space arena on both continental and country levels. It provides an analysis of how the African Union's Space Policy and Strategy (ASPS) is implemented and identifies its policy goals and discusses its strategy, and delves into the new African Space Agency. Moreover, it explores the on-going regional cooperation programmes, the continent's leading space actors and their roles, and space-related regional fora and organisations, reflecting on various initiatives, including the African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development (ALC), the Regional African Satellite Communications Organisation (RASCOM), and the African Resource Management Satellite Constellation (ARMS-C). It then proceeds with an in-depth analysis of the space sector in 17 leading African countries, from a legal and policy point of view, and highlights the various space activities in each country. It concludes with a discussion of recommended initiatives for further embedding space applications in African societies. The volume also includes the innovative African Space Ranking Matrix and African Space Application Infusion Framework.


This book represents a significant contribution by SpaceLab graduates to academic and scientific discourse, particularly in the context of the African space arena. The authors, listed below, have contributed their diverse experiences and viewpoints to this timely publication, and more information on this book can be found here.


List of Contributing Authors (SpaceLab students):

Anton Alberts, Carl Eriksen, Alexander Gairiseb, Mchasisi Gasela, Bas Martens, Okeletsang Mookeletsi, Adebayo Ogunyinka, Barbara Ojur, Besir Suleyman Oz, Nicolas Ringas, André Siebrits, James Wilson and Sean Woodgate.