Australia may be late for the space race, but it is not far behind. The country opened its first national space mission facility at the University of New South Wales Canberra, chaired by ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.
Russell Boyce, director of UNSW Canberra Space, says that this Australian National Facility of Concurrent Design Facility (ANCDF) will complement Test Facilities of the Australian National University. It means that Canberra is now capable of developing full space missions, reports UNSW Newsroom.
For the first time, Australia has an installation that will allow engineers and spacecraft design scientists to quickly design and determine the technical and economic viability of the proposed space missions.
He added: "Just yesterday, we announced the successful launch in orbit of our first cube satellite, 'Buccaneer', which was developed in conjunction with Science Technology Defense (DST) scientists. of many UNSW Canberra missions The ANCDF at UNSW Canberra will be a national badet here at ACT that will support the activities of the new Australian Space Agency to grow and mature our national space industry. "
The ANCDF is jointly funded by the UNSW Canberra and the ACT government, supported in partnership with the Center National d'Etudes Spatiales, the French space agency that is providing Australians with software and training.
UNSW Canberra Space is the leading space program of the university and the pioneer of space capabilities in Australia. There are more than 40 space engineers, scientists and doctoral students who have combined experience working for NASA and the European Space Agency working on the facilities.
"This is a premier facility that will play an important role in the growth of jobs across the industry, including researchers, designers, engineers, technicians, software specialists and beyond," said Boyce.
UNSW Canberra also has a $ 10 million contract with the Royal Australian Air Force to build three spacecraft and launch two space missions in the next two years.