Space For Humanity Partners with Space In Africa
Space For Humanity is excited to announce a partnership with Space In Africa, Africa's foremost space media outfit.
As Africa's premier space media, Space in Africa produces authoritative business and market analysis reports for the different segments of the African Space and Satellite Industry, and also covers the business, technology, discoveries, events and political news about the African space and satellite industry.
Space in Africa will drive the advancement of Space for Humanity’s mission in Africa: recruiting ambassador applicants to drive a more inclusive and diverse representation of the world for those who can access space.
Commenting on the partnership, the CEO of Space in Africa, Temidayo Oniosun, said: “the partnership focuses on driving the Space for Humanity’s program initiative across Africa, in line with the company's objectives of fostering space awareness on the continent.”
To date, a total of ~565 people have traveled to space. Although, some people of African descent with nationalities of other countries such as African-American, African-born Frenchman etc have travelled to space. However, only one African has gone to space. In 2002, South African entrepreneur, billionaire and the founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd., the company behind the development of the Linux-based Ubuntu operating system, Mark Richard Shuttleworth, became the first African to travel to space as a space tourist on board a Russian spaceflight program.
Further hopes by the continent to have a second astronaut were short-lived by the death of South African 30-year-old aspiring astronaut, Mandla Maseko. In 2013, the South African Air Force member beat one million entrants to win one of 23 places at a space academy in the US and had spent a week at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida undergoing tests in preparation for an hour-long sub-orbital flight. Since then, there is no known space program to launch a second African astronaut to space. Space for Humanity is offering a life-changing opportunity that Africans could be a part of.
Space for Humanity is honored to partner with Space in Africa. As we continue to accept applicants until November 15, 2019, we are looking forward to increasing applicants from the African continent as we continue to drive a vision for diversifying access to space.