ISRA and SANSA Workshop

The Space Technology workshop was held in June 2015 at the National Telecommunication Corporation Tower, within the period from 12 to 14 June 2015. It was organized by the Institute of Space Research and Aerospace (ISRA) of the National Center for Research in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Space Agency of South Africa (SANSA). A number of experts from South Africa have participated in the workshop and presented lectures about the design of satellites, ground stations and remote sensing techniques. Experience of South Africa in the various fields of space science, astronomy and Earth observation was presented. The visiting delegation was included:

  1. Dr. Kaizer Moroka, Deputy Director of Space Science & Technology at DST, head of the delegation.
  2. Dr. Clement Adjorlolo, Senior Scientist of the Research and Applications Development (RAD) team, Remote Sensing, SANSA.
  3. Dr. Daniel A. Matsapola, Manager of Earth Observation Science Advancement CSIR Satellite Applications Centre, SANSA.
  4. Nicolaas Leon Steenkamp, Development Engineer of the On Board Computer Flight Software for SUNSAT1 Satellite, SpaceTeq.
  5. Obakeng Pitsoane, Africa Bilateral Cooperation, DST.
The opening of the workshop was attended by a number of eminent personalities such as Prof. Mohammed Galal the Representative of the Minister of Science and Communications, Director of the National Center for Research (NCR), Director of the Remote Sensing and Seismology Authority (RSSA), Director of Biotechnology Authority, Director of the Institute of Engineering Research and Materials, Deputy Director of the Documentation and Information Center, Prof. Sharief Babiker, Director of the Cubesat Project at the University of Khartoum (UofK), Dr. Magdi Alfadil, Director of the Center of Space Research, Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST). The workshop was attended by a number of engineers and researchers from ISRA, RSSA, Space Sector in MIC, Mierage Company of Space Technologies, Cubesat Project at UofK, who participated in all presentations and discussions. Opening remarks were made by the representative of the Minister, the Director of the NCR, and the Director of ISRA. Then, ISRA director Dr. Moutaman Mirghani made a presentation about the Sudanese Space Program and ISRA activities, followed by a presentation on Space Policy in South Africa by the head of delegation, Kaiser Moroka. Afterwards, technical sessions of the workshop began and continued until the third day of the workshop. The sessions included the South African experience in the areas of space and astronomy, design and launch of satellites, remote sensing techniques, exploration of space and the design of ground stations that receive images and data from satellites. The final meeting concluded with a session on the prospects of cooperation between the two countries in various fields of space technology, astronomy, information exchange and capacity building. The delegation visited the educational project of Cubesat at the Faculty of Engineering of UofK and observed the location and what has been implemented. Prior to the visit, a representative of the researchers had presented the scope of the project and the stages of the project during the last day of the workshop.