The Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research
The Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) was launched at the University of New South Wales on the 22nd November 2010 by former astronaut Dr. Jan Davis. ACSER aims to provide national leadership for Australian space engineering research. ACSER strives to foster collaborations between researchers, industry and government and to nurture links between our national and international partners to achieve Australia's space ambitions. ACSER's purpose is to develop space capabilities relevant to Australia's needs through research, innovation and education.
ACSER has research strengths in Global Navigation Satellite Systems receiver design, Earth Observation satellite systems, cubesat development in radiation tolerant FPGA's, Novel satellite structures utilising rapid manufacture and GNSS remote observation research. ACSER is also developing Australia's first Master's program in Satellite Systems Engineering at the University of New South Wales. ACSER also offers a wide variety of PhD topics for students looking to do further research in space.
ACSER regularly organises forums, workshops and seminars on a range of space-related topics of interest for the wider space community. These events help bring everyone who is working on similar space related research and activity together to encourage future collaborations and strengthen Australia's place in space.
The Garada (SAR Formation Flying) collaborative space engineering research project, funded by ASRP, is based at the centre. Garada's primary mission is focusing on measuring the moisture in Australia's soils - for environmental protection, agriculture, land use planning, meteorology, ecology, mining and prediction of dust conditions. Using L-band radar, it will also measure forest conditions and flooding events.
ACSER's comprehensive two-year Master program to be offered at UNSW in 2013 will address the current education gap and help prepare graduates with industry experience for Australia's developing space industry.
The centre has also established a new satellite navigation testing centre, a new scheme for students to build and launch satellites, as well as pursuing important research in space instrumentation and vehicles.
Photos from the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research launch can be viewed from here.