June 2015 saw MEDO, The Meta Economic Development Organisation, launching an ambitious Space Programme with the aim of encouraging young women to enter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related fields. Working with sponsors, ISUZU Trucks South Africa, MEDO also bought the first privately owned satellite in Africa with the goal of having female high school learners designing its payload. The programme was launched in partnership with Morehead State University in Kentucky, USA, a highly recognised research and development centre in nano-satellite technologies. Morehead State University runs a similar project, SpaceTrek, which has seen positive results in encouraging young women to enter what is still perceived by many as male orientated fields or careers. Outside of the US, South Africa is the first and only country worldwide that has received the go ahead from the Morehead Space Science Centre to run the programme against competing countries in South America and Europe.