Green light for Namibia Space Port project

Namibia embarks on a galactic journey
Gerine Hoff
Namibia is poised to make a groundbreaking leap into the forefront of African space technology with the approval of the Namibia Space Port project by Eos Capital, managers of the Namibia Infrastructure Development and Investment Fund (NIDIF). This visionary initiative, backed by a N$540 million infrastructure fund, aims to propel the nation into the global arena of satellite communications, spearheaded by Q-KON Namibia.
According to Honourable Emma Theofelus, Minister of Information and Communications Technology, the Namibia Space Port represents a monumental stride towards leveraging space technology to enhance communication capabilities across Namibia and Africa. It aligns closely with Namibia’s National Space Science and Technology Policy launched in June 2021, demonstrating the country's commitment to space exploration, innovation, and sustainable development.
Frederico van Wyk, Chief Investment Officer of Eos Capital, emphasised that the project underscores their dedication to advancing digital inclusion and connectivity nationwide, fostering economic growth and innovation within Namibia’s ICT sector. This strategic investment is part of NIDIF's broader efforts in the ICT sector, aiming to position Namibia as a key player in the evolving Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite industry.
Q-KON Namibia, as a licenced satellite service provider, anticipates a pivotal role in the LEO industry's growth in sub-Saharan Africa through the Namibia Space Port. Dr Dawie de Wet, Group CEO of Q-KON, expressed enthusiasm for leading this transformative initiative, which promises not only to elevate Namibia’s technological prowess but also to support global satellite operators with ground infrastructure and cutting-edge services.
The project’s initial phases will include essential services such as Ground Gateway Terminal Hosting, Earth Observation Downlink Services, and Tracking, Telemetry, and Control (TT&C). These capabilities will facilitate vital data transmission from orbiting satellites, enhance earth observation capabilities, and contribute to scientific research and educational initiatives across the country.
The Namibia Space Port is also expected to play a crucial role in bridging the digital divide in Africa by offering ubiquitous satellite internet connectivity with reduced latency and high data transfer rates, providing immediate and extensive broadband coverage without the need for extensive mobile tower infrastructure.
As the project progresses, further developments are anticipated in the coming months, marking a significant milestone in Namibia’s journey towards becoming a hub for satellite communications and technological innovation in Africa.