The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) is coming to South Africa for the first IAA Symposium on Small Satellites in Africa.
The Wallenberg Centre at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) is a highly appropriate venue for the symposium, which takes place from 11-14 May 2020. Stellenbosch, about 50 km east of Cape Town, and the surrounding area has become a space hub for both local industry and academia and will be the venue for an event focusing on current industry trends and innovation. The three-day technical programme will include poster sessions, daily panel sessions, a student mission competition and an exhibition.
Among the themes to be addressed will be Innovative Small Satellite Missions and Technology; 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; Human and Environmental Security; Small Satellite Projects for STEM Education and Human Capacity Building; Technology Partnerships; and Regulatory and Legal Issues.
The symposium will close on 13 May but there will be an optional extra event the following day for which participants need to register separately: a technical facility tour, for which participants will be taken to three different assembly, integration and test facilities which will showcase both industry and government capabilities.
The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) was founded in Stockholm in August 1960. Since that time, IAA has brought together the world's foremost experts in the disciplines of astronautics on a regular basis to recognize the accomplishments of their peers, to explore and discuss cutting-edge issues in space research and technology, and to provide direction and guidance in the non-military uses of space and the ongoing exploration of the solar system.
For more information on the event go to: iaa-africa2020.co.za