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31 / 03 / 2020

CUAVA PhD student, Alex Jones, reports on her fieldwork in Jervis Bay studying whale migration.

14 / 02 / 2020

After a rigorous judging process, 128 finalists have been named across 22 categories for this year’s Australian Space Awards.

31 / 01 / 2020
Reported by CUAVA PhD Student, Mr. Naif Alsalem. On January 28th CUAVA hosted a talk by Sachidananda R. Babu, Technology Program Manager at NASA Earth Science Technology Office.  Mr. Babu engaged in scientific discussions led by Prof. Iver Cairns along with CUAVA researchers and Partners which centered on CUAVA’s current projects in the field of CubeSats, NIR compact imagers and Space & UAV-based instruments. Mr Babu highlighted some of the cutting-edge Earth Observation technology developed...
16 / 09 / 2019

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28 / 07 / 2019
ARC Training Centre CUAVA will have ground station and mission control of its first satellite supported by partner Saber Astronautics. Professor Iver Cairns, Director of CUAVA at the University of Sydney, has announced that Saber Astronautics has been awarded the satellite operations contract which will provide essential flight software, satellite integration and mission control support for the inaugural flight of a CUAVA satellite. Saber Astronautics will provide three months of continual spacecraft operations of CUAVA-1...
03 / 07 / 2019
Professor Iver Cairns has been selected by NASA for two satellite missions to study our Sun and its effects on space weather. Iver Cairns, Professor in Space Physics and Director of the ARC Training Centre CUAVA at the University of Sydney, is the only international co-investigator to be selected for both critical missions.  These missions will do fundamental, world-leading science on the causes of space weather, which impacts our daily lives. Space weather The Sun...
18 / 06 / 2019
CUAVA was officially opened on June 17th, 2019, by Senator for New South Wales, the Honorable Arthur Sinodinos AO. “This new training centre puts Australia on the world map for advanced manufacturing in the space industries,” Senator Sinodinos said. “The international collaboration between leading universities, government and industry will fundamentally change the capabilities and applications of CubeSats, making the international satellite market more accessible and economical than ever before.” Director of CUAVA, Iver Cairns said:...
03 / 05 / 2019
Introducing Dr Xueliang Bai, the new CUAVA Training Centre Engineer. Xueliang comes to us with experience in aerospace engineering and electronics, and has designed and successfully launched a 3U CubeSat in 2019. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney with a PhD in Aerospace Engineering, and involvement in the i-INSPIRE project. Xueliang has worked previously for the Centre for Quantum Technology at the National University of Singapore as the electronics and system engineer...
06 / 03 / 2019
CUAVA was honoured to host a visit and talk by Space BD Inc. this week. Sydney University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Professor Duncan Ivison, welcomed this important international collaboration. It will not only support the CUAVA mission by launching our cubesats for deployment from the International Space Station, but also further the endeavours of the Australian Space Industry. CEO and Co-Founder of Space BD Inc., Mr Masatoshi Nagasaki, spoke of how his start-up company has experienced...
28 / 02 / 2019
CUAVA has partnered with Japanese space start-up and launch company, Space BD. In an important step for CUAVA, a new partnership with Space BD Inc. will provide satellite deployment services from the International Space Station for two CUAVA satellites that are under development. ‘CUAVA-1’ is the first satellite being developed by CUAVA, with the purpose to certify advanced communication, remote sensing, GPS, and space environment instruments and provide their data to users on Earth. “We...
12 / 12 / 2018
Advances in accurate biomass estimation using hyperspectral remote sensing CUAVA Scientists are now at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall meeting. This provides excellent opportunities to learn about scientific developments in space, remote sensing and environmental research, education and industry. This year CUAVA is strongly represented at the AGU with Iver Cairns, Charles (Chip) Bachmann, Eleanor Bruce and Brad Evans in attendance. Brad and Chip have been collaborating on hyper-spectral sensor requirements, student projects and...
15 / 11 / 2018
Today we received our first COTS parts for CUAVA-1, the code name for our first Centre CubeSat, which will be flying next year.  Our design team are hard at work developing some innovative instruments for the payload.  CUAVA is buzzing with excitement.