23 March 2015. On 23 March 2015, Dr. Annette Froehlich Resident Fellow of the European Space Policy Institute, Vienna, seconded from the German Aerospace Center (DLR), gave a special lecture at Stellenbosch University/Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering on International Space Law and European Space Policy which was very well received by the students and faculty staff. The presentation highlighted fundamental legal principles of international space law and unresolved legal aspects which ask for regulations to ensure safe and long sustainable activities in outer space. In addition, current endeavours of European Space Policy and the decisions taken by the latest ESA Ministerial Council to cope for the challenges of European space flight were enthusiastically discussed.
At the Stellenbosch University, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, satellite research has been ongoing for more than two decades, housed in the Department’s Electronic Systems Laboratory (ESL). Here, the first satellite to be built by an African country, SUNSAT was successfully developed in the late 1990’s. The institution also played a major role in the development and project management of SumbandilaSat. More recently Africa’s first CubeSat in space, TshepisoSat, utilises many satellite system components developed at the ESL.