UNSW Canberra Space is home to Australia's first space mission design facility. The Australian National Concurrent Design Facility (ANCDF) provides the capability to develop space missions from start to finish. Since its unveiling in late-2017, the Facility has successfully launched its first cube satellite, 'Buccaneer' into orbit. This is only the first of many UNSW Canberra missions. The world-class facility is jointly funded by UNSW Canberra and the ACT Government, and supported through a partnership with the French Space Agency CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales), who are providing software and training. UNSW Canberra also has a $10M contract with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to build three spacecraft and carry out two space missions over the next two years.

Above: ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, Doug Griffin
Australia’s first national space mission design facility was officially opened today 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.

Some of our other facilities include:

  • Cubesat flatsat infrastructure
  • Class 100 cleanroom for spacecraft assembly and integration/li>
  • Thermal vacuum chamber laboratory with two chambers and solar simulation capability
  • 6.6kN shaker table
  • 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, under construction)
  • 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