The wide blue expanse lies still in the midnight gloom of the quiet night. But that beautiful, blue void you see is not the night sky for which Zimbabwe is well known. It’s the vast reflection of Lake Kariba, the largest human-made lake in the entire world. Nestled in the heart of the Great Zambezi floodplains, the water stirs listlessly as a few stone-throws away a young girl casually strolls through the crisp air.
Dear SGAC members,
As my term as Chair of SGAC has come to completion, I would like to reflect on the shared journey with my SGAC colleagues over the last three years, as well as share a message of hope for the future to come. Serving as Chair has been a great honour, and I am humbled and grateful for the wonderful experiences and times together with our SGAC community.
"Space is for the benefit of all humankind" is one of the basic tenets of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967. In theory, the premise of something being untainted by human prejudice is beautiful. Nevertheless, that premise is far from being a reality.
“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before.”
This is a prologue for the original series of the famous science fiction Star Trek when it was first aired on NBC on September 8, 1966, attracting over 20 million viewers during the first four episodes. At that point in time, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was about to turn eight years old, and astronauts were already starting to travel to low-Earth orbit and perform space walks as a part of Project Gemini.
When it comes to what’s next in space exploration, dream big but think small…that is, think about small satellites.
This form of spacecraft—characterized by its small size and mass—could prove to be revolutionary, transforming how we investigate our home planet and explore our solar system.
The Planetary Sunshade Foundation supports the ambitious project of developing an architecture for building megastructures in space, including a planetary sunshade capable of climate stabilization. The Foundation's work directly contributes to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 on climate action, while also supporting the establishment of a sustainable lunar economy. Read on for insights from the director of the Foundation.
September 26th 2020 marked the first SGAC face-to-face event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic: SG[France]2020: Our Giant Leap, the kick-off event of Our Giant Leap (OGL), a new initiative within SGAC. Held in Toulouse, it gathered 66 people including 44 SGAC members from 10 different nationalities to learn more about gender equality in the aerospace sector and to propose solutions to existing issues addressed through three round table topics: discrimination, mentorship strategies and space research. Come and read more to learn what the future holds for OGL!
Canada boasts a long, proud history of leadership in the space sector. The Canadian Space Agency’s mastery of science and technology is perhaps best depicted through its robotic emblems such as the Canadarm, Canadarm2 and Dextre. Today, however, the space sector is growing and changing rapidly. These winds of change bare a resemblance to the vibrant colours of autumn in Canada, and Canadian scientists, engineers, and private businesses are certainly responding in stride, with a bustling, growing space economy and emerging opportunities, including a progressive start-up scene.
With international collaboration being the backbone of the Artemis Accords, never has an opportunity like this been presented for the African Space Sector to benefit and grow. In this article, the author analyses the opportunities for the African Space Sector presented by the Artemis program and how they may be utilised for the development of the space sector.