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1st IAA African Symposium on Small Satellites

1st IAA African Symposium on Small Satellites

10-13 May 2021, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Fore more detailed information, to submit and abstract and to register please visit the conference website at:

In February 1999 South Africa’s first satellite, Sunsat-1, was launched. This 64-kg microsatellite was built by staff and students at the University of Stellenbosch and operated successfully for 2 years. Now, 20 years later, Stellenbosch and the surrounding area has become a Space hub for both local industry and academia and will be the venue for the first IAA Symposium on Small Satellites in Africa.

Focusing on current industry trends and innovation, delegates can look forward to an interesting three day technical programme which will also include poster sessions, daily thought provoking panel sessions, a student mission competition, an exhibition, a technical facility tour, and social networking opportunities which will be an immersive cultural experience.

Join us for what promises to be a memorable Symposium and a first in Africa!


The Wallenberg Centre at STIAS provides modern multipurpose conference venues that bring scholars, researchers, decision-makers and members of civil society together in a great variety of ways. The water-wise garden is filled with hardy plants, indigenous to the Western Cape. Wherever you are in the Centre, those who work and visit there are constantly aware of the Jonkershoek Valley and the natural beauty surrounding them. The spacious south terrace overlooks the vineyards and the mountains beyond.

Parking: Complimentary parking is available at the venue. Please use basement parking or marked parking bays. Gates opens at 07:30 and closes at 17:30 every day.

Wifi/Internet: Free wifi/ internet will be available at the venue.

Physical address:
Wallenberg Research Centre @ STIAS
10 Marais Street, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 7600


Innovative Small Satellite Missions and Technology
[Programs, Missions, Payloads].
Machine Learning, AI, Additive Manufacturing and other Novel Tools and Techniques Revolutionising the Space Industry.
Satellite Development in an Era of Constellations.
Access to Space.
Lessons Learnt: Tools and Approaches to Increase the Probability of Mission Success.
Human and Environmental Security [Remote sensing technologies and supporting technologies]
Small Satellite Projects for STEM Education and Human Capacity-Building with a focus on Africa.
Technology Partnerships and Opportunities for International Collaboration.
Space Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Regulatory and Legal Issues with a focus on the Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities.


We would like to invite industry partners to make the most of this unique opportunity by exhibiting, and/or sponsoring the Symposium which will be the first in the region. The Symposium provides an excellent platform for networking, and the sharing of ideas and expertise, with international and regional delegates alike.

Please contact the organizer for additional details on the Exhibition & Sponsorship Opportunities.

*Limited spaces available.


Please feel free to contact our professional conference organisers if you have any questions. They will gladly assist and guide you.

Project Manager: Zelda Coetzee
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Registration Manager: Fazlin Anthony
Tel: +27 (0)84 941 2313
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Fore more detailed information, to submit and abstract and to register please visit the conference website at:

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