ROCKETRY SA / SAASA
ROCKETRY SA is a privately-funded, membership-based Organization / Association, promoting Rocketry in South Africa
Rocketry SA represents members from across South Africa and actively promotes Hobby Rocketry, Model Rocketry, Sport Rocketry, Experimental and Amateur Rocketry, and also has a significant International Membership component.
The Development of Membership Benefits, the Review and Allignment of Policies and Procedures with International Best-practices, the design of a world-class knowledge sharing platform (E-Learning plarform), and the effort with the legal importation, storage, transport and commercial sale of Certified rocket Motors in South Africa is what ultimately differentiates Rocketry SA.
The use of the name Rocketry SA as an alternative to SA Amateur Space Administration (SAASA) came about since 2010, as to avoid confusion with the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA), the South Africa Astronomical Society (SAAS) and/or the South African Space Association (SASA).
SAASA has a significant International membership component, and welcomes rocketeers from all countries
(International memberships do not have voting rights, and are not verified, but all accounts are monitored to curtail spammers)
SAASA - yet another Rocketry Association?
With no less than 3 groups claiming to represent rocketry in SA at any given time, SAASA may at first seem to be yet another association, but on closer inspection of the activities (from an organizational and legal perspective), member constituency, and the overall commitment towards the promotion of rocketry.. it soon becomes evident why SAASA has become the prefered and largest Rocketry organization in South Africa.
This is not to say that other rocketry Associations do not play a positive role- infact the opposite is quite true-
While SAASA's original focus was limited to High Power Rocketry, it soon became apparant that there was a need for a Umbrella Rocketry Organization - an organization that would ultimately accommodate and promote rocketry to all South African's an not only a select, priveledged few.
After numerous failed attempts between 1998 - 2009 at getting support from the government, it was concluded that rocketry will not be taken seriously untill "we" were able to unite rocketeers across all levels in true South African Spirit.
While some individuals may consider our approach to be less than perfect, we believe that Growth and Unity starts with the willingness to co-operate and communicate.
Thus SAASA embarked on a mission to unite rocketeers by restructuring the Association into a non-profit, self-sustainable, member-driven organization. Other key challenges included the development, review and allignment of Policies and Procedures with International Best-practices, the design of a world-class knowledge sharing platform (E-Learning plarform), and a renewed focuss on the legal importation, storage, transport and commercial sale of Certified rocket Motors in South Africa.
While some minor groups resist the idea of a all-inclusive rocketry organization , SAASA continues to unite rocketeers, and welcomes all interest.
SAASA acknowledges the work of Special Interest Groups, Associations and Clubs , and encourages these affiliates to retain their own Identity, Goals and Objectives while offerring the benefit of pooled resources and combined intelligence. The benefits to this approach, far outweighs the drawbacks.
Points of Difference:
SAASA Promotes Rocketry as being Safe, Reliable, Accountable & Fun, while also having elements that can be Challenging, Educational and Competitive!
SAASA provides Guidance, Procedures and Administration for the Legal & Safe Participation in Rocketry activities within South Africa
With a track record spanning more than 10 years, SAASA has a large and established membership component in South Africa.
SAASA currently exists as a member-based Organization with the following mandate:
The relationship with the SA Government Space Agency?
SANSA: THE OFFICIAL SOUTH AFRICAN (GOVERNMENT) SPACE AGENCY