Postponed IAA African Symposium on Small Satellites to Hold in November


The first International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) symposium on small satellites, which organisers initially postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions in 2020, is now scheduled to hold from the 29th of November to the 1st of December 2021 in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

The theme of the sessions are as follows:

  • Innovative Small Satellite Missions and Technology [Programs, Missions, Payloads].
  • Machine Learning, AI, Additive Manufacturing and other Novel Tools and Techniques Revolutionising the Space Industry.
  • Satellite Development in an Era of Constellations.
  • Access to Space.
  • Lessons Learnt: Tools and Approaches to Increase the Probability of Mission Success.
  • Human and Environmental Security [Remote sensing technologies and supporting technologies]
  • Small Satellite Projects for STEM Education and Human Capacity-Building with a focus on Africa.
  • Technology Partnerships and Opportunities for International Collaboration.
  • Space Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Regulatory and Legal Issues with a focus on the Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities.

The symposium will bring together delegates from across the African region and their international peers for an interesting three-day technical programme. The programme will include poster sessions, daily thought-provoking panel sessions, a student mission competition, an exhibition, an optional technical facility tour, and social networking opportunities which will be an immersive cultural experience.

The IAA enjoins all Interested persons to register for and partake in the symposium, for what promises to be a memorable Symposium and a first in Africa.
For details regarding registration, including the registration fee, please visit this page.

Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submissions are open for the 1st IAA African Symposium on Small Satellites! The relevant deadlines are as follows:
– Abstract Submission Closes: 30 July 2021
– Notification to Authors: 17 September 2021

You can submit your abstract here. For further information and updates, visit the IAA website here.



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