News & Events
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David Gump, CEO of Deep Space Industries
Tuesday, 11th March 2014
Ritchie Theatre, John Niland Scientia Building
Prospecting and harvesting asteroids to serve expanding markets in space
With several billionaires now operating or building breakthrough new launch systems, markets in space will rapidly expand beyond the current $300 billion industry. Deep Space Industries starts by carrying out asteroid scouting missions for national space agencies, conducting technology-development flight testing for them, and serving media/sponsorship buyers. Click here for more...
Proudly hosted by ACSER in conjunction with the National Space Society of Australia.
GNSS Futures Workshop and the Return of the UNSW SNAP Lab
7th - 8th July 2014
The Satellite Navigation and Positioning (SNAP) Laboratory at UNSW has been a global leader in GNSS research for over two decades. On the 7th and 8th of July 2014, we will celebrate the relaunching of the SNAP Lab with the “GNSS Futures” workshop, examining where GNSS, and positioning/navigation technology in general will go in the coming decades. Click here for more information.
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GNSS Vulnerability Workshop
4th December 2013
Modern day infrastructure is becoming increasingly dependent on positioning and timing services provided by the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). As a result the risk of (illegal) personal privacy devices, which jam GNSS, the potential for serious consequences is increasing.
ACSER hosted a one day workshop that brought together speakers from government organisations, companies and universities working in the field and day-to-day GNSS users. Discussions covered the reliance of critical infrastructure on GNSS, the extent of potential damage and vulnerability, and possible solutions to alleviate these vulnerabilities.
29th November 2013
QB50 is a network of 50 CubeSats that will be launched together in the first half of 2015 into a 'string-of-pearls' configuration in a circular orbit at 320 km altitude, inclination 79 degrees. These CubeSats will comprise a mix of atmospheric double CubeSats and double or triple CubeSats for science and technology demonstration.
With the UNSW's QB50 team efforts over the past 18 months this workshop brought together all participants as the team is in the final stages of preparing final documentation for the Critical Design Review (CDR). Discussions throughout the workshop covered the QB50 experiment goals and requirements, the cubesat system design, the UNSW/NICTA payloads and experiments and the current progress/needs of the project.
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ACSER in the Media
Does Australia Have A Space Future? (Forbes, 6 December 2013)
Houston: We have Ideas. (Sydney Morning Herald, 23 November 2013)
Should Australia join the world space race? (The Wire, 19 November 2013)
The Australian Space Industry - Chris Jenkins (Department of Industry)
Off-World Mining and Space Colonies: The Next Step in Space Exploration (Vibewire, 29 October 2013)
Australia's Role in the Space Age (Vibewire, 29 October 2013)
Ten Reasons Why Australia Urgently Needs A Space Agency (Gizmodo, 4 October 2013)
Engineering @ UNSW (Faculty of Engineering UNSW, 1 October 2013)
Satellite project to reach new heights (The Daily Advertiser, 17 September 2013)
The case for an Australian space programme (Radio New Zealand National, 19 August 2013)
Curiosity rover and the first anniversary of its landing (The Breakfast Shift - Switch 1197, 6 August 2013)
Ten reasons why Australia urgently needs a space agency (The Conversation, 5 August 2013)
Keeping tabs on dad (The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 July 2013)
Student Develops Hardware for New Satellite System (PCB Design 007, 13 June 2013)
UNSW graduate develops satellite circuit board (TechWorld, 7 June 2013)
Satellite circuit board opens doors to NASA (Electronics News, 6 June 2013)
NASA-bound graduate solves satellite circuitry (UNSW Newsroom, 6 June 2013)
Cost in space: funding halt leaves satellites up in air (The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 June 2013)
The New Digital World (UNSW Engineers (Page 8), 30 May 2013)
Space Research is a Blast (UNSW Engineers (Page 7), 30 May 2013)
A satellite to save Australia? We should have one of those (The Conversation, 30 April 2013)
Space policy small step for Australia (ABC Science Australia, 12 April 2013)
Australia joins the space race (SBS World News Australia, 9 April 2013)
Australia enters space race (SBS World News Australia, 9 April 2013)
The need for an Australian space program (The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 April 2013)
The case for space (UNSW Uniken, 9 April 2013)
Buy, sell, lift-off: the global economy is going interplanetary (The Conversation, 5 April 2013)
UNSW launches Australia's first masters in space systems engineering (UNSW Newsroom, 4 April 2013)
Explainer: what is GPS? (The Conversation, 7 March 2013)
What might the 2013 White Paper say about space? (The Lowy Institute for International Policy, 8 October 2012)
Australia's Satellite Scarcity Leaves Us Vulnerable (ABC, 7 August 2012)
Nano-Satellite Offers Best Hope for Australia's Future in Space (Space Daily, 13 July 2012)
Prof. Andrew Dempster's Interview on GPS (ABC Adelaide, 11 July 2012)
Australia's place in the great space race (Radio Adelaide, 8 June 2012)
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13th Australian Space Science Conference (ASSC)
ACSER has assisted in organising the 13th Australian Space Science Conference (ASSC), to be held in Sydney at University of NSW. This will be the seventh ASSC jointly sponsored and organised by the National Committee for Space and Radio Science (NCSS) and the National Space Society of Australia (NSSA), with the support of the Australian Space Research Institute (ASRI) The ASSC is intended to be the primary annual meeting for Australian research relating to space science. It welcomes space scientists, engineers, educators, and workers in Industry and Government.
The scope of the conference covers fundamental and applied research that applies to space technologies, and includes the following:
Space science, including space and atmospheric physics, Earth observation and remote sensing from/of space, planetary sciences, astrobiology and life sciences, and space-based astronomy and astrophysics.
Space engineering and technology, including communications, navigation, space operations, propulsion, and spacecraft design, testing, and implementation.
Current and future Australian space projects
Government, international relations and law
Education and outreach, including a dedicated student session.
For more information please visit the 13th Australian Space Science Conference (ASSC) website.
Thomas Cooney has been awarded 2012 VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize
ACSER's Thomas Cooney has been awarded the 2012 VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize, and will be attending the NASA Aeronautics Academy at Ames from the 17th June to the 23rd August this year.
The prize, run by the Victorian Space Science Education Centre, offers an Australian university student the opportunity to attend the NASA Academy programs at NASA Ames Research Centre, and work with a lead scientist or engineer on a current NASA project. The NASA Academy is an intensive, select-entry program that provides recent graduates with access to advanced science and engineering R&D, and an awareness of the complex managerial, political, financial, social, and human issues faced by the current and future aerospace programs.
Thomas' entry was judged on his 4th Year Honours Thesis entitled: "Electronics for L-Band Synthetic Aperture Phased Array Radar" completed at the School of Electrical Engineering at UNSW under Dr Torsten Lehmann as part of the Garada Project at the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER), also at UNSW. After being selected as the "Data Processing and Electronics" category winner, an application was made directly to NASA along with 3 other category winners.
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ACSER Christmas Party 2013
13 December 2013
The ACSER Christmas Party for 2013 was held at the Coogee Bowling Club, which is a stone throw away from the water with picturous views of Sydneys East coast beaches.
The ACSER team had a fun filled afternoon with a BBQ and several entertaining games of lawn bowls. It was a great end to a productive year for ACSER which saw the completion of several key projects and unfortunately the farewell of some of ACSER's staff.
The photo album from this event can be viewed from here.
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