Funding for new Spacecraft Lab

ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs & Their Applications

Congratulations to the Australian Centre for Space Engineering and Research (ACSER) on being awarded an ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grant to fund development of a new Australian Spacecraft Innovation Laboratory.

The laboratory is designed to provide researchers and entrepreneurs with a venue to integrate and test their “cubesats”, satellites the size of a loaf of bread, and small payloads.

By centralising the satellite integration function, the standard of Australian space assets can be assured, giving researchers confidence that their space-based experiments will succeed. Knowledge transfer to space start-ups will be accelerated by easing their access to space and flight heritage.  This is an incredibly exciting opportunity and will assist CUAVA satellite payloads with access to testing facilities.

Led by Prof. Andrew Dempster, Director of ACSER and Deputy Director of CUAVA, the new spacecraft lab partners include Sydney University, Macquarie University and Delta-V Space Alliance.