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The National Aerospace Centre (NAC) is a national aerospace-focussed programme managed and hosted by The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits).


Within five years of its establishment the NAC should be recognized and supported by all role-players (locally and internationally) as a valuable and integral part of South Africa?s aerospace industry.


  • The NAC conducts leading edge, commercially significant technology research and development for the aerospace industry in South Africa that would not have otherwise happened, and enhances the competitiveness and sustainability of the industry.
  • Key outputs of the NAC are
    • new or more competitive technologies/products,
    • new knowledge,
    • highly skilled human resources,
    • technology transfer.
  • Outputs are achieved in accordance with a long-term development strategy as a collaborative, multi-disciplinary effort between government, industry, academia and research institutions.
  • Self-sustainability in the long term is achieved through consistently adding value to all stakeholders during the formation years and beyond.


The objectives of the NAC over the period 2006-2010 are:

  • To establish and maintain the core NAC functionality at the University of the Witwatersrand, in collaboration with other leading Higher Education Institutions, industry and other stakeholders
  • To conduct leading edge commercially significant technology research projects in the field of aerospace in a partnership model
  • To produce highly skilled human resources in the field of aerospace in line with the requirements and expectations of the South African aerospace industry
  • To conduct technology transfer activities
  • To establish a national knowledge repository in the field of aerospace

The objectives will be attained through two primary mechanisms

  • The establishment and operation of a permanent NAC functionality at WITS for a minimum period of 5 years.
  • The execution of collaborative projects under the auspices of the NAC