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Hosted and organised by SANSA (South African National Space Agency) and poweredby IAF, SpaceOps 2020 is a technical forum of the Space Mission Operations and Ground Systems community that addresses state-of- the-art operations principles, methods, and tools. SpaceOps 2020 provides the opportunity for you to share mission’s experience, challenges, andinnovation solutions. Held biennially since 1990, the conference will attract technologists, scientists, managers from agencies, academic and research institutions, operators and industry and fosters managerial and technical interchanges on all aspects of space mission operations. SGAC organises a number of events in association with SpaceOps 2020. You can find out more about these events below.

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Space Operations for Constellation of CubeSat/Nanosatellite Workshop

Date: 17 May 2020
Location: Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Do you want to learn how to carry out space operations for Constellation of CubeSats/Nanosatellites? Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is collaborating with the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) to host the workshop in Cape Town, South Africa. It will be held in conjunction to the SpaceOps 2020 conference, on the Sunday before the conference starts. During the one day event, students and young professionals will have the opportunity to learn about different approaches to space operations as well as to hear about  international peers working on cubesat/nanosatellite constellations projects.

During this workshop, participants from around the world will learn about the different philosophies behind cubesat/nanosatellite operations. Two Participants or group of participants will also have the opportunity to showcase their project.

After the lectures by each representative, all participants will have a chance to engage in discussions via a panel discussion.

The workshop is open to students and young professionals. If you aspire to work for a company, an international space agency, or if you are interested in starting your own satellite operations company, then this one day workshop is a great opportunity to learn about the challenges and excitement of space operations.

Registration Costs: Workshop Registration is free.
Deadline for Registration: 28th February 2020

Scholarship Opportunity

A number of scholarships will soon be displayed in this webpage with instructions for application.


Agenda Outline

Details will follow soon.

Speed Mentoring Event

Date: 19 May 2020
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre

The Speed Mentoring Event is a great chance to kick-start connections that build over time, create chance meetings and to meet with students, early stage professionals, experienced mentors and even possibly a future employer in the space operations industry.

Share a table with top  managers and experts to ask questions, seek advice, and learn more about  their personal experiences which shaped their professional careers.

This event is energizing for both students and young space professionals as well as the senior mentors, providing both groups with a unique networking opportunity.

Registration Costs: Event Registration is free.

Deadline for Registration: 28th February 2020

Seats are limited. Applications will be evaluated by the event Organising Committee and candidates will be notified via email on the outcome. Apply ASAP!

How it Works

Each Student or Young Professional (Mentee) sits at one of the tables with one Mentor. Each Mentor gets 10 minutes at the table to talk about their personal career background, advice on how to develop a career/life path, and answer questions (Examples: “what was one difficult challenge you faced in your career and how did you overcome it?; What are 3 tips you learned over the years that you wish you knew earlier as a student or young professional?). After 10 minutes, the mentor must rotate to the next table and meet a new set of Mentees!

A networking event will take place after the speed mentoring event and will allow all the participants to further network and follow up on discussions with the mentors.

There is no registration fee, although places are limited, so book your participation at the SpaceOps Speed Mentoring session today!



A list of mentors will be provided shortly.

Technical Tours

Two technical Tours will be offered at the South African Astronomy Observatory and at the SKA Ops Room. Both tours will be offered on Sunday after the Workshop, and on Friday at the end of the SpaceOps conference. Transport will be provided.

More information will be made readily available

Registration costs: Tour Registration is free.

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