We have started a chat space here to voice “your” opinion. The development of space launch capabilities has far reaching industrial, educational and socio-economic benefits. So much so, many people argue that any country seeking to develop a knowledge based economy cannot afford “not” to go to space. Lets us know your thoughts.

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  1. Peter May 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    “A growing number of countries are undertaking activities for the development of indigenous basic space technology that will enhance their ability to make the most efficient and effective use of space applications. Universities and space-related organizations in these countries have established space technology courses and programmes on the development and operation of small satellites. In the near future, they are expected to play an increasingly important role in a wide range of operational applications.” UN Office for Outer Space Affairs.

  2. Dale Sparrow February 8, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    I think a pursuit of space travel or just the ability to reach it for deployment of satellites or resupplying larger space faring nations would have a substantial benefit to any country that cares to develop the ability.

    Not only would it stimulate a huge industry (manufacturing parts, making propellants, avionics, infrastructure and all the supporting industries that go with it) it would also create research and development opportunity that attracts top ranking intellectuals to the country and inspires students to pursue a career in such an important field.
    The market for cheap commercial access to space is not saturated at all, and although it would be hard to initialize a project like this, the end product is something a country as a whole can definitely be proud of.
    I am fully in support of developing space launch capabilities for South Africa, I just wish the government had enough vision for it too.

    Dale Sparrow

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