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UK and South African Space Agencies to increase collaboration

24 July 2015

The UK Space Agency and the South African Space Agency are to increase collaboration and review areas of common interest in their space programmes.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by Sir Mark Walport, the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser, on behalf of the UK Space Agency, and Dr Sandile Malinga, CEO of the South African Space Agency (SANSA).

The MoU will see the two agencies stepping up the interchange of information, technology and personnel. It covers a range of areas where both agencies would benefit from collaboration, including research opportunities around space weather, information sharing in the use of space for applications related to climate change, and satellite data sharing.

Other MoU actions include identifying opportunities for SANSA to collaborate with local and UK-based commercial space industry and the UK sharing infrastructure and systems knowledge.

Increased collaboration between the two agencies is expected to help foster more space projects, like SBAS Africa, that have the potential to deliver huge social benefits.

SBAS Africa, a UK-South African collaboration, funded through the UK Space Agency’s International Partnerships Space Programme, will help to improve aviation safety by setting up and demonstrating new satellite-based flight systems.

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