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Novel solutions to Space Situational Awareness (SSA) problems by combining cutting-edge approaches to machine learning within a multidisciplinary space physics, surveillance, astrodynamics and engineering team.

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Competitive advantage

  • Research strength in the field of ionospheric aerodynamic modelling
  • Ability to combine high-fidelity numerical simulations with real-world data and machine learning approaches
  • On-orbit small satellite capability and unique ground-based space environment simulation facilities to support benchmark quality SSA experiments


  • Space mission experience that quantifies the impact of astrodynamics on spacecraft in Low Earth Orbits (LEO)
  • Contributing to increased knowledge and preparedness within Defence regarding critical challenges relating to SSA

Successful applications

  • Optical and numerical SSA techniques to the Buccaneer Risk Mitigation Mission spacecraft
  • Aero-assisted formation control strategies for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) M2 dual satellite program
  • Multiple US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) grants for ionospheric aerodynamic research to enable improved orbital control of LEO spacecraft
  • Imaging the deployment of the Planet Flock 3p (the largest number of satellites launched on a single rocket in history) two hours after launch

Capabilities and facilities

  • Falcon Telescope Network node
  • 0.3m Meade telescope
  • Comprehensive space environment simulation laboratory
  • Research lab with satellite wind tunnel and small thermal vacuum facility
  • Dedicated flight assembly areas, plus assembly, integration and testing (AIT) expertise
  • Australian National Concurrent Design Facility which is a national asset for developing space missions

Our partners

  • Royal Australia Air Force
  • Department of Defence Science and Technology (DST)
  • The Air Force Office of Scientific Research