Calling All Students! Don’t miss the chance to submit your innovative mission competition concept for the 1st IAA African Symposium on Small Satellites.


SmallSat Missions to Alleviate Poverty in Africa

*Submission deadline: [EXTENDED] 12 September 2021

  • <100kg
  • Single satellite or constellation
  • Any orbit
  • Feasibility of selection is taken into account in judging


  • Prof. Herman Steyn 

Head of Satellite Engineering and Control Systems, Stellenbosch University

  • Prof. Robert Van Zyl 

Director of the French South African Institute of Technology, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Khalid Manjoo 

Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer, Astrofica Technologies

  • Stan Kennedy 

President and CSE, Oakman Aerospace, Inc.

  • Mike Kearney 

Chief Executive Officer, CubeSpace Satellite Systems

  • Allen Herbert 

Vice President Business Development and Strategy, Nanoracks

  • Fikiswa Majola

Deputy Director of Space Science and Technology, South African Department of Science and Innovation

The 4 finalists teams (irrespective of team size) will receive a maximum 2 free conference registrations and will need to present their proposal in person (unless otherwise arranged) at a special session during the Symposium.

There are large cash prizes up for grabs for both the winning and runner-up teams.

Format of the abstract submissions?

  • 5 pages maximum


1. Applicant Details

2. Why?

  • Why is this proposal necessary towards alleviating poverty in Africa?
  • What are your mission objectives?

3. What?

  • What are you proposing?
  • How will the satellite look?
  • What orbit will it be launched in?
  • What is the ground segment requirements?
  • What will it do?
  • What would be done with the data (if applicable)?

4. How?

  • What would be needed to realize this mission?
  • What is the feasibility of this?
  • What are the main risks to the mission (i.e technical, financial, political, etc)?

5. References

Concept Originality – New/Novel/Innovative/Impact/Value

  • 50%

Proposal Feasibility – Technical/Financial/Logistical/Political/Sustainable

  • 50%


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