Facilities

UNSW Canberra Space can design, develop and operate satellite missions from start to finish:

  • Conceptualize in the ANCDF
  • Innovate and design the technical details
  • Build the satellites and ground segment
  • Operate the mission
  • Deliver valuable service to the customer

Other facilities include:

  • Cubesat flatsat infrastructure
  • Class 10 000 cleanroom for spacecraft assembly and integration
  • Thermal vacuum chamber laboratory with two chambers and solar simulation capability
  • Access to and experience with spacecraft test facilities at ANU Advanced Instrumentation Technology Facility
  • Space-based instrumentation laboratory
  • Electronics workshop
  • Satellite ground station (UHF/VHF/S-band)
  • Falcon Telescope - the Canberra node of the USAFA global Falcon Telescope Network, for optical space surveillance and tracking
  • A 0.4m, f8 optical telescope forming a Research and Development platform for novel adaptive and electro-optics systems and devices, currently providing on-sky operational adaptive optics imagery
  • Impact facilities, including two-stage light gas gun laboratory, suitable for satellite / debris impact studies
  • Space debris harpoon development test rig
  • Various UAV platforms and instrumented UAV flight laboratory, for testing GNC approaches
  • 64-core workstation for simulation developments; ongoing access to NCI National Facility supercomputer
  • Algorithms for multidisciplinary design optimisation and surrogate modelling
  • Codes for astrodynamics simulations (coupled DSMC/PIC, under development) and physics-based space atmospheric modelling

Above: ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, Doug Griffin

Australia’s first national space mission design facility was officially opened by ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr at the University of New South Wales Canberra (UNSW Canberra).UNSW Canberra Space director, Russell Boyce says the new Australian National Concurrent Design Facility (ANCDF) complements Australian National University's spacecraft test facilities and means Canberra now has the capability to develop space missions from start to finish.