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UK and South African Space Agencies to increase collaboration

24 July 2015

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The UK Space Agency and the South African Space Agency (SANSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see them increase collaboration and review areas of common interest in their space programmes.

The MoU was signed on 16 July by Sir Mark Walport, the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser, on behalf of the UK Space Agency, and Dr Sandile Malinga, CEO of the South African Space Agency.

Sir Mark Walport said: "I am delighted to sign this MoU on behalf of the UK Space Agency, which reflects the growing strength in collaboration in cutting edge science between our two countries. South Africa, and in particular SANSA, are key partners for the UK, with a range of new activities linking the UK and South African space industry partners under the UK's International Partnership Space Programme."

The MoU will see the 2 agencies stepping up the interchange of information, technology and personnel. It covers a range of areas where both agencies would benefit from collaboration, including research opportunities around space weather, information sharing in the use of space for applications related to climate change, and satellite data sharing. Other MoU actions include identifying opportunities for SANSA to collaborate with local and UK-based commercial space industry and the UK sharing infrastructure and systems knowledge.

Source: UK Space Agency

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