Launch of the satellite company AAC Space Africa in Cape Town
Swedish space company AAC Clyde Space has launched a new subsidiary in Cape Town to design, build and deliver space technologies to Africa.
Launched on August 23, AAC Space Africa is based in the Western Cape and will focus on satellites and radio communications.
According to AAC Clyde Space, the company chose South Africa because of the country with an established space industry. In addition, South Africa is home to highly skilled engineers and data scientists.
“The need for space services in Africa is growing rapidly as government, businesses and communities seek effective ways to support development and build critical infrastructure,” CEO Luis Gomes said in a statement.
According to the NewSpace Africa Industry Report 2019, Africa’s space economy is expected to reach $ 10 billion by 2024.
“The ability to provide data from space and monitor key issues across the continent will help Africa develop at a much faster rate over the next decade,” Gomes added.
What will AAC Space Africa do in Cape Town?
At the launch, AAC Space Africa will focus on the design and construction of radio communication systems. He will also focus on the sales and marketing of the business.
The technology will be used for several purposes such as weather forecasting, ocean monitoring, agricultural planning and land management.
The company will also serve as AAC Clyde Space’s competence center for advanced radio communications. This means that it will be the global supplier of advanced radio systems for the company’s space missions.
Dr Robert van Zyl will be the managing director of the company and François Visser the technical director.
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