The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) was established in 2010. Following a period of rapid growth and transition the agency has made significant advancements towards addressing its mandate of deriving greater value from space science and technology for the benefit of South African society.

Speech: SANSA CEO at Africa Cubesat Workshop

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(Photo: Dr Malinga receives the F'Sati Satellite Programme review report at the event)

Have you ever wondered why the wagon makers of the 19th century did not become car manufacturers at the advent of the motor car?

Today we are gathered here for the 2nd International Africa CubeSat Workshop.

Satellites have come a long way since the launch of the first satellite, Sputnik, in 1957.

They come in different shapes and sizes from nano-sats to multi-ton satellites.

They perform different functions from weather monitoring to gathering information on water quality and quantity.

They are built by different parties from universities to large corporations.

As we are gathered here, the question I asked at the beginning is pertinent and it is the title of my talk. That is,

Why didn't the wagon makers become car manufacturers?

The answer partially lies in the notion of disruptive innovation.

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