Industry Partners

Industry drives a great deal of research. There are a number of programmes being executed in collaboration with various companies and organisations both in South Africa and abroad.


Since 2008, projects are being performed under a collaboration agreement between Airbus and the National Aerospace Centre of Excellence (NAC) of South Africa to provide support for the development of aerospace programmes at universities and institutes in South Africa. Under this agreement, Airbus and the NAC agreed to provide support for a skills development initiative that would further existing competence in the South African aerospace sector as well as increase Airbus’s access to aerospace research and development.


ARMSCOR’s function is to provide a cost-effective service to the SANDF for the execution of its capital acquisition programmes and the logistical and maintenance support that it requires.

Armscor’s performs the following functions :

  • Acquisition
  • Research & Development
  • Dockyard
  • Support functions

ARMSCOR provides the ESL with funding for student to do research and development in different fields on engineering.

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. It undertakes directed research and development for socio-economic growth.


The CSIR is one of the leading multidisciplinary research and development organisations in Africa with a sterling and proud track record of developing ‘Ideas that work’ to address a wide range of challenges. With some of the best and brightest minds in the world, we provide solutions that help improve the lives of all South Africans and make a significant contribution to the global wealth of scientific knowledge.

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The Institute for Maritime Technology performs defence research to satisfy South African MoD strategic needs for techno-military support, products and services and to establish applicable technology and systems to further the interest of the SANDF.

In order to achieve this, the Institute supports the South African National Defence Force with scientifically informed advice, the development of technology and strategic products to improve the performance of its systems.

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Surrey Space Centre

The Surrey Space Centre is a world leading Centre of Excellence in Space Engineering. Their strategy is to underpin the technical development of the space industry through its advanced research programmes.   They remain the world’s leading research centre for small, low cost space missions, generating leading research and bringing innovation to their spin-out company SSTL and pushing the boundaries of low cost small satellite applications to develop next generation low cost small satellite technologies.[Adapted from]


The South African National Space Agency was created to promote the use of space and cooperation in space-related activities while fostering research in space science, advancing scientific engineering through developing of our human capital and provide support to industrial development in space technologies.
Their impact is derived from merging and repackaging the existing national capacity, competence, experience, skills and expertise in space science and technology into six thematic focus areas:

  • Earth Observation
  • Space Operations
  • Space Science
  • Space Engineering
  • Science Advancement and Public Engagement
  • Human Capital Development
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Spaceteq is a provider of high-performance small- and medium-sized satellites and related systems and solutions to the local and international aerospace market.

Spaceteq through the absorption of SunSpace has its origins in the SUNSAT satellite programme of Stellenbosch University. SUNSAT, South Africa’s first satellite, was developed completely by a local team of engineers, and launched in 1999 by the American space agency NASA. Most of the team who designed and developed SUNSAT forms the core of Spacteq today.

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