Space Technology and Engineering

Faculty of Information Technology, Science and Engineering – National Higher Certificate – Space Technology and Engineering NQF Level 5120 Credits

National Higher Certificate – Space Technology and Engineering NQF Level 5

Space technology is technology developed by space science or the aerospace industry for use in spaceflightsatellites, or space exploration. Space technology includes spacecraft, satellites, space stations, and support infrastructure, equipment, and procedures and space warfare. Space is such a novel environment that attempting to work in it requires new tools and techniques. Many common everyday services such as weather forecastingremote sensingGPS systems, satellite television, and some long-distance communications systems critically rely on space infrastructure. Of the sciences, astronomy and Earth science benefit from space technology. New technologies originating with or accelerated by space-related endeavors are often subsequently exploited in other economic activities.

Course annual Cost : R25 000

Monthly Payments : R2 000 (12 Months)

Once off registration Fee : R2 000

First Semester Theoretical Modules : February – July

Module 1 – Introduction to Space Technology and Space Engineering (STSE 111)

History of Space Science and Technology

Understanding the Importance of Space Technology

Understanding Astronomy

Understanding Space Science, Technology and Equipment

Module 2 – Understanding Astronomy and Space Technology (AST 111)

Origin of Modern Astronomy

Studying the Solar System

Advancement of Space Technology

Beyond Our Solar System

Module 3 – Understanding Space Systems and Equipment (SSE 111)

The history of Space Equipment

Understanding earth and space positioned Telescopes

Ground and Space Satellite Communication

Earth Observation and Navigation Satellites

Ground and Space Satellite Equipment

GPS, Sonar and Radar Equipment and Systems

Space Robotics

Weather Analysis

Information and Tracking Systems

Introduction to the International Space Station

Space Rockets and Spacecrafts (Equipments and Systems)

Cosmological Data Analysis

Module 4 – Space Equipment Governance and Global Security (SEGGS 111)

Space Warfare

Space Colonization

Natural Astronomical Disaster Management

Global Space Laws and Regulations

Space Exploration Protocols and Processes

Space Equipment Maintenance Processes and Procedures

Module 12– Communications and Self Development (COMSELF 111)

Learning and Reading

How to Study Effectively

Virtual and Face to Face Presentations

Time Management Tactics

Financial Management Tactics

Understanding Self Development

Ethics and Psychology

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Mid term examsTheoretical Work

Module 5 Practical Space Exploration and Technical Space Equipment Maintenance (SETSEM 111)

Module 6 Virtual Reality Space Exploration Simulation (VRSES 211)

Module 7 – Mobile Space Exploration – (SANSA 211)

Module 8 – Sonar and Radar Equipment Maintenance (SORA 211)

Module 9 – Telescope Equipment Maintenance (SCOPE 211)

Module 10 – Satellite and Antennas Maintenance (SAM 211)

Module 11 Space Crafts Maintenance (SCSSM 211)

Entry Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC) with diploma or Higher Certificate entry or an equivalent foreign secondary qualification or international school-leaving certificate on an NSC level (NQF 4) confirmed by SAQA.


National Certificate (Vocational) level four issued by the Council of General, Further Education, and Training.

Course Duration

This course takes a minimum of one year and maximum of 3 years.

Theoretical work is covered over a period of six months from enrollment from January until June. Practical work takes six months and starts in August until January the next year.

Students enrolling in July start theoretical work from July until December. Practical work commences in January and ends in June.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, Graduates will be able to understand the mechanism and techniques of Space Technology Engineering. Graduates will have the technical skills to assemble, dismantle and perform maintenance works on different Space equipment components. Space robotics, telescope, satellites, space craft, Space Humanoid Robotics among others including radar, sensors and sonar equipment are covered throughout the course.

Graduates will have a deep understanding of Space Technology programs and be able to analyse software technicalities to do maintenance on Space technology systems, fix bugs, security issues and maintain different types of robotics system and software.

Graduates will be conferred with an NQF Level 5 qualification that will enable them to pursue further NQF Level 6 and 7 in the respected field. Graduates will also have the necessary technical skills to enter the job market while in the process of completing their Diploma or Degrees.

Career Options

Aerospace Engineers
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
Satellite Engineers and Technicians
Sonar and Radar Analyst
Producers and Directors
Technical Writers

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