Optical Space Research laboratory - SANSA
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Optical Space Research laboratory

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Located at the SA Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in the northern Cape, the OSR Laboratory was constructed in 2016 to conduct research into atmospheric and near-space phenomena such as atmospheric gravity waves, thermospheric winds, and sprites.

An agreement was reached with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) to host a space debris tracking station as part of the global SMARTnet™ (Small Aperture Robotic Telescope Network).