South African National Space Agency (SANSA)
|Postal||PO Box 484, Silverton, 0127|
|Physical||Enterprise Building, Mark Shuttleworth Street, Innovation Hub, Pretoria, 0087|
|Tel||012 844 0500|
The mission of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is to: deliver space-related services and products to the citizens of South Africa and the region; support, guide and conduct research and development in space science and engineering, and the practical application of the innovations they generate; stimulate interest in science and develop human capacity in space science and technologies in South Africa; create an environment that promotes industrial development; and nurture space-related partnerships to enhance South Africa's standing in the community of nations.
SANSA has five strategic programmes: SANSA Corporate Support Programme – ensures that SANSA functions optimally, with good corporate governance and operational efficiency within the Agency; Earth Observation Programme – focuses on utilisation of space to address day-to-day societal needs, including resource and environmental management, disaster management, food security, global change monitoring, health, safety and security, planning, development, and service delivery monitoring; Space Science Programme – drives scientific enquiry, knowledge creation, technology development and innovation; Space Operations Programme – the vehicle through which SANSA interfaces with space assets and supports the international space industry and, by so doing, elevates the country in the community of space-faring nations; and Space Engineering Programme – drives the maintenance of its satellite manufacturing capability to ensure a level of self-reliance and develop local technologies and skills.