A case study of SADC economic development challenges through the South Africa's space programme

LHM Seke
  • "Africa is very poorly represented in the space science. Space technology is advancing at an increasing pace, yet most African countries lack the human, technical and financial resources to utilise existing space-based infrastructure for even the most basic applications in meteorology, communications and natural resource management". (NEPAD, 2006:45).
  • Funds invested on the continent could be spent rationally with positive long-run effect if satellite-based data are used (Rowland et al., 2007).
  • Except South Africa, in Africa only 3 countries managed to own micro satellites (Egypt, Nigeria and Algeria) but with external assistance. South Africa has demonstrated sufficient satellites design/development and launching capacities and could sustain data democracy for years (e.g. contribution from China and Brazil with SCIBERS data).
  •  Various Satellites Remote Sensing (SRS) or Earth Observations (EO) projects are mainly designed and developed out of Africa with specific agenda (improving technologies, human capacities or knowledge/understanding).
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