SpaceMates Online – 16/11/2021

SpaceMates Online - Space Sector Networking

Next Event is on Tuesday 16th November 2021

10 am - 11 am UK GMT (London)

11 am - midday CET (Paris)

8 pm - 9 pm Australian AEST (Brisbane)

8.30 pm - 9.30 pm Australian ACDT (Adelaide)

9 pm - 10 pm Australian AEDT (Melbourne, Sydney)

SpaceSpecialists Ltd is pleased to bring to market SpaceMates Online - the antidote to one-way webinars, our company's platform to network the UK, Australian and global Space Sectors.

Regular online B2B networking for the Space Sector EVERY TUESDAY!

Networking with our Australian friends 'Down Under' and bridging the UK, Australian and global Space Sectors.

A fun and productive way to connect and network B2B with space industry businesses and start-ups all over the world.

Both Upstream (satellite, launcher and ground segments) as well as the Downstream (products and services from space) companies are welcome.

  • Introduce yourself
  • Q & A
  • Interviews
  • International Guests
  • Topics of the day

SpaceMates Online is a FREE EVENT - you will receive an invitation to the online meeting via Zoom and Eventbrite.

On Tuesday 16th November 2021, SpaceMates Online’s interview guest is Tafadzwa Banga talking about his Space Dream in Zimbabwe.

Tafadzwa Banga is the founder of Young Inventors organization at the National University of Science and Technology Zimbabwe where he recently finished studying Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

In February 2020 Zimbabwe hosted the Sixth Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development in Victoria Falls, Elephant hills. SEDS Zimbabwe was selected to present their rocket concept at the forum which was scheduled to launch on the 18th of April 2020 as part of the celebrations of Independence Day that were supposed to be held in Bulawayo.

The photo taken shows Tafadzwa holding the airframe of the rocket which showed the total length of the design. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the project has been postponed to a later date.

In 2018 he led the Zimbabwean team represented by students from Young Inventors to win a regional hackathon competition in South Africa that was organized by the University of Oxford and NEPAD SANBIO.

He is an active member of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) since 2018, serving as the national chairperson and the president of SEDS NUST Chapter.

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) empowers young people to participate and make an impact in space exploration. SEDS helps students develop their technical and leadership skills by providing opportunities to manage and participate in national projects as well as to attend conferences, publish their work, and develop their professional network, in order to help students become more effective in their present and future careers in industry, academia, government, and education.

Tafadzwa Banga an Industrial and manufacturing engineering student, led the establishment of the SEDS Zimbabwe chapter and to date, there are four chapters namely SEDS UZ, SEDS CUT, SEDS MSU and SED NUST, with NUST having more than 20 active members.

Tafadzwa is also the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) National Point of Contact (NPoC) for Zimbabwe, having joined SGAC in 2019.

Through his passion for space on the 10th of October 2020, he led a group of engineering students, in launching an electronic payload using a High-Altitude Balloon which was the first space-related project for Zimbabwe.

The High Altitude Balloon Discover Mission (HABDM) is the first space project that has been done in Zimbabwe. The project was a collaborative engagement project between students from the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space Zimbabwe (SEDS Zimbabwe) and the Meteorological Service Department of Zimbabwe. The purpose of this mission was to spearhead space education in Zimbabwe and ensure that students are aware of the opportunities that space has.

On July 16 2019 students from schools across the Harare province came to the US embassy in Harare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission which saw the first man going to the moon. The event was organized by SEDS Zimbabwe in partnership with the US embassy in Zimbabwe and students got to interact with one of the prominent NASA engineers George Salazar. The event was also held in Bulawayo at the NUST American corner a week later.

In 2021 he received the African Space Industry top 10 under 30 award. His resilience and dedication made him secure a scholarship offered by MMAARS to participate in MMAARS IN-PERSON ANALOG ASTRONAUT TRAINING MISSION at MAARSBASE basecamp located in Mojave Desert, California, USA.

On June 25 2021 he joined the global stage as part of the keynote speakers for the Global Space Summit 2021 organized by SDNx Foundation and Helium Learning Labs.

He is keen to see the sustainable development of his country and the rest of Africa through the active engagement of youths and young professionals, in space exploration and science.

By strengthening the Space Industry network now, we’ll be ready for blast-off once restrictions are ended.

By strengthening the UK Space Industry network now along with our friends from 'Down Under' and worldwide, we’ll be ready for blast-off once Coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Ray Stott from SpaceSpecialists Ltd hosts the event.

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