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Space Science Research

The Department has close ties with the South African National Space Agency (SANSA).

The Space Science Programme within SANSA leads multi-disciplinary space science research and applications. Key functions include fundamental and applied space science research, the support of space facilitated science through data acquisition, the coordination and administration of scientific data, and the provision of space weather and magnetic technology products and services on a commercial and private basis. Through the Space Science Programme, SANSA contributes to the worldwide network of magnetic observatories responsible for monitoring the Earth’s magnetic field and participates in global scientific projects. The magnetically clean environment of the Hermanus facility contributes significantly to space systems and applications development through, for example, space qualified magnetic sensors and space weather information. The programme also provides leadership in post-graduate student training as well as providing science advancement, public engagement, and learner and educator support with STEM subjects.

SANSA offers postgraduate bursaries at the honours, MSc and PhD levels.

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