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Since the inception of SpaceOps in 1990, the organisation has hosted thirteen biennial conferences by various countries around the world. In 2020, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) was supposed to host SpaceOps 2020 in the city of Cape Town, South Africa. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic a decision was taken to postpone the conference.

The pandemic may have paused the physical hosting of the SpaceOps2020 conference from taking place, but this has not prevented us from exploring alternative formats of presenting the SpaceOps conference .SpaceOps 2020 has thus transformed to SpaceOps2021 – Virtual Edition and will be hosted online.

SpaceOps 2021 Virtual Edition will provide an opportunity for more industry players and delegates to participate in the conference and appreciate the diverse and interesting topics from the comfort of their homes and/or offices spaces, without having to travel abroad.

Even though the conference will be an online event, the organising committee is still committed to giving you an unforgettable African experience.

SpaceOps 2021 Website


CubeSats Operations

Date: 6 May 2021

This 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.

Number of participants: No limit

Time: See Schedule Tab

Registration Costs: Workshop Registration is free.


Speed Mentoring Event

Date: 6 May 2021

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.

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.


Number of participants: No Limit

Time: See Schedule Tab

Registration Costs: Event Registration is free.

 Time (UTC)    Activity

14:00 – 16:00

23:00 – 01:00 (UTC+9) (Tokyo)
15:00 – 17:00 (UTC+1) (Rome)
09:00 – 10:00 (UTC – 5 ) (Washington DC)
06:00 – 08:00 (UTC-8) (Los Angeles)

CubeSat Workshop

16:15 – 16:45

01:15 – 01:45 (UTC+9) (Tokyo)
17:15- 17:45 (UTC+1) (Rome)
11:15 – 11:45 (UTC – 5 ) (Washington DC)
08:15 – 08:45 (UTC-8) (Los Angeles)


Space Quiz

17:00- 18:00

02:00 -03:00 (UTC+9) (Tokyo)
18:00 -19:00 (UTC+1) (Rome)
12:00 – 13:00 (UTC – 5 ) (Washington DC)
09:00 -10:00 (UTC-8) (Los Angeles)

Speed Mentoring

*Note: More details coming soon*

Organisers and Contacts

Chiara Cocchiara (EUMETSAT – SGAC): [email protected]

Gladys Magagula (SANSA):

Young Lee (NASA JPL): [email protected]