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Cape Town man secures invite to pitch at International Astronautical Congress

Rocket propulsion enthusiast, Leon Africa is designing a rocket propulsion system for a presentation at the 66th International Astronautical Congress.

The congress will take place in Jerusalem in October from the 12th to 16th, and Africa's proposal was approved for him to present his research at the international gathering.

He says he is really excited to be attending the event and says his presentation involves reducing the impact of pollution caused during launches.

It's a unique system that incorporates what I call fundamental energies, such a magnetism, while reducing the carbon footprint. The rocket that I am designing has 0% soot emissions.

Leon Africa, rocket propulsion enthusiast

Africa says his interest in rocket propulsion technology was inspired by physics studies at university.

I have a physics background, and have done some of the theoretical work - the maths behind it and some of the system design.

Leon Africa, rocket propulsion enthusiast

When he's not designing rocket propulsion systems, he keeps himself busy developing apps for businesses and with social outreach in the community of Matroosfontein.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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