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Israel plans to land unmanned spacecraft on moon in February

By: Reuters     10th July 2018 An Israeli non-profit group plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon in February in the first landing of its kind since 2013. The craft, which is shaped like a round table with four carbon fiber legs, is set to blast off in December from Florida's Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9... 

Small business agency in venture to incubate tech hardware startups

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), under the Department of Small Business Development, is leveraging the capabilities of hardware technology investor and incubator Savant Technologies to help science and technology inventors start businesses. The partnership was launched at the... 

SpaceX’s Mars adventure has my backing

By: Kelvin Kemm     7th July 2017 Every 26 months, a highway to Mars opens up. What happens is that the planets line up in such a way that the configuration is best for spacecraft to travel to Mars. The next window is 2020. The US National Aeronautics Space Administration has announced that it will be sending a spacecraft to Mars... 

SpaceX’s reusable rocket completes second return journey

By: Dylan Slater     28th April 2017 Private rocket company SpaceX has successfully reused one of its Falcon 9 rockets to launch a commercial communications satellite – SES-10 – for communications satellite operator SES.  

South African in the Mars mix as race to the Red Planet heats up

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 It is 2031 and the next space race has started with the launch of the largest-ever interplanetary space rocket and spaceship carrying four carefully selected astronauts on a mission to establish a human settlement on Mars – a planet that is about 225-million kilometres away. Heading for the... 

South African in the Mars mix as race to the Red Planet heats up 

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 It is 2031 and the next space race has started with the launch of the largest-ever interplanetary space rocket and spaceship carrying four carefully selected astronauts on a mission to establish a human settlement on Mars – a planet that is, on average, 225-million km away.  

It’s now time to go back to the moon, and on to Mars

By: Kelvin Kemm     5th February 2016 The Falcon 9 space rocket of Us company SpaceX has just completed another launch. The launch was totally successful, but the planned controlled landing back on earth not quite so successful, but to my mind very good. The rocket lifted its payload into orbit, which is what it had been contracted... 

Elon Musk's SpaceX secures multi­billion-dollar contract to further ISS research

By: African News Agency      15th January 2016 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States has confirmed three cargo supply contracts to private companies, which include South African born-Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX. At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, NASA announced the Commercial Resupply Services... 

Exciting developments on the space front

By: Kelvin Kemm     2nd October 2015 Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka has just returned to earth from the International Space Station (ISS). He returned with two other crew members of the ISS. By the way, Russian space travellers are called cosmonauts, but Americans and other Westerners are called astronauts. What made Padalka’s... 

Victor Marques

16th January 2015 Main Activity of the Company: Manufacture and supply of industrial electronics Date and Place of Birth: October 14, 1969, Heidelberg Education: National diploma (electrical engineering), Wits Technikon; Business Academy, Stellenbosch University First Job: As a high school student, I worked... 

Satellites essential for Africa’s future growth

5th January 2015 The satellite industry is destined to become an essential element in bolstering Africa’s future economic growth and the social wellbeing of its inhabitants in areas such as education, improved living standards, food security, and health. New technologies and continual miniaturization in the field... 

Andrew van Niekerk

8th August 2014 Main Activity of the Company: Smelter engineering, construction and technology equipment Date and Place of Birth: September 5, 1975, Somerset East, Eastern Cape Education: BEng, University of Stellenbosch, 1997; BBA, University of South Africa, 2007 First Job: Plant metallurgist at Samancor... 

Spacecraft, electric car designer warns on Boeing 787 battery design and layout

By: Keith Campbell     8th February 2013 South African-born US innovator and entrepreneur Elon Musk last week asserted that the type and layout of lithium ion batteries used by Boeing in its revolutionary 787 Dreamliner is “inherently unsafe”. Musk, founder, CEO and chief designer of rocket and spacecraft company SpaceX and CEO and head... 

Spacecraft, electric car designer warns on Boeing 787 battery design and layout 

By: Keith Campbell     30th January 2013 South Africa-born US innovator and entrepreneur Elon Musk has asserted that the type and layout of lithium ion batteries used by Boeing in its revolutionary 787 Dreamliner is “inherently unsafe”. Musk, founder, CEO and chief designer of rocket and spacecraft company SpaceX and CEO and head of... 

Nasa to test inflatable spare room for space station

By: Bloomberg     25th January 2013 The International Space Station is getting an inflatable spare room. The first-of-its-kind habitat built by Bigelow Aerospace weighs 3 000 pounds and is made of a Kevlar-like material to withstand space debris and radiation. It looks more like a giant propane gas tank than a kids’ moon bounce and... 

Value chain to the moon and back?

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2012 Space resources and transportation companies have described a complete value chain, with profit driving the development of each technological step, to enable mining in space, says engineering firm Hatch mining engineer Michael Neale. 

Falcon-9’s success heralds new space era 

By: Kelvin Kemm     8th June 2012 The second of the Falcon-9 rockets of the SpaceX company was spectacularly successful in taking its Dragon spacecraft up to link up with the International Space Station (ISS) in the earth's orbit. 

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