ROCKETRY SA is incorporated as NPO (Non Profit Organization) in South Africa with Reg No: 2017/404516/08
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.
Rocketry SA is the official name of the official South Africa Rocketry Organization and of 2017 supersedes the use of the name South African Amateur Space Administration (SAASA),
with the name change coming about as to avoid confusion with other organizations that use similiar acronyms such as the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA),
the South Africa Astronomical Society (SAAS) and the South African Space Association (SASA). For legal and technical reasons the use of the name SAASA shall be retained until 2020.
Rocketry SA has a significant International membership component, and welcomes rocketeers from all countries although International memberships do not have voting rights.
ROCKETRY SA : Yet another Rocketry Association?
With no less than 3 associations claiming to represent rocketry in SA at any given time, Rocketry SA may at first glance 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 quickly becomes clear why Rocketry SA 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 ROCKETRY SA (SAASA's) original focus was limited to High Power Rocketry, it soon became apparant that there was a greater need for an "Umbrella Rocketry Organization" in South Africa - 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 - 2014 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, and have taken small but decisive steps towards meeting our goals.
Thus ROCKETRY SA 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 , ROCKETRY SA continues to unite rocketeers, and welcomes all interest.
ROCKETRY SA 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:
ROCKETRY SA Promotes Rocketry as being Safe, Reliable, Accountable & Fun, while also having elements that can be Challenging, Educational and Competitive!
ROCKETRY SA 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.
ROCKETRY SA 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