The user concept in the space industry and how this frames satellite missions, with a focus on social development in Africa

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Martinez, Peter en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Kirkam, Kechil en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-24T13:48:46Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-24T13:48:46Z
dc.date.issued 2018 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Kirkam, K. 2018. The user concept in the space industry and how this frames satellite missions, with a focus on social development in Africa. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/27815
dc.description.abstract Space-derived data lies untouched in data vaults, while many potential use cases for space applications are not exploited by the space industry. This gap may exist because the conceptualisation of the user in the satellite industry is too narrow, and yet influences the architecture and thence outcomes of a satellite mission. Assumptions about users and markets are not made on the basis of data and market research, in itself typically difficult to obtain, especially in Africa. This results in a lack of understanding of the end user and their social and economic context which feeds back to inadequately scoped requirements in satellite design. The reasons for this are not solely the limited imaginations and culture of practice of satellite engineers, but the structure of the space industry itself and its design frameworks. This limitation has impact especially for developing country applications, where the user and beneficiary concept elide in often unexamined and unchallenged ways. The satellite industry, part of the wider space industry, could borrow usefully from the IT industry in its relationship to the user and methods of deriving user requirements; in fact could consider itself part of the IT/data industry. This study explores the relationship between satellite design and the users of space-derived data, and how this is being affected by new disruptors to the traditional space industry. The implications for potential users in Africa are considered. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Space Studies en_ZA
dc.title The user concept in the space industry and how this frames satellite missions, with a focus on social development in Africa en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Electrical Engineering en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MPhil en_ZA
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