• The start of a new space age

    Rebecca Shrimpton     |      June 8, 2021

    Australians can take pride in their contribution to the first space age in the second half of the 20th century, but effort is needed if we are to optimise our position in this new era.

  • Houston, we have a problem

    Cecilia Duong     |      June 3, 2021

    Just like we have on Earth, humans have left an absolute mess in space and nobody wants to clean it up.

  • Australia and New Zealand should coordinate space launch capabilities

    Geoff Slocombe     |      May 25, 2021

    Despite all the hype around Australia’s potential in commercial space activity, it is New Zealand which leads the way.

  • Bringing reusable rockets to Australia

    Malcolm Davis     |      May 21, 2021

    The development of re-useable rockets brings the promise of rapid, low-cost access to space a step closer, and increases the attractiveness of Australia as a potential launch site for both civilian and military purposes.

  • Space startup Quasar takes off with CSIRO tech

    Open Forum     |      May 12, 2021

    Australian space startup Quasar Satellite Technologies is set to revolutionise space communication, allowing ground stations to talk to hundreds of satellites at once using technology developed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency.

  • UNSW startup to launch camera into space

    Yolande Hutchinson     |      May 4, 2021

    HEO Robotics is teaming up with Space Machines Company to launch an on-orbit inspection camera into space.

  • Radar satellites can warn of bushfires and floods

    Open Forum     |      April 27, 2021

    New research led by Curtin University has revealed how radar satellites can improve the ability to detect, monitor, prepare for and withstand natural disasters in Australia including bushfires, floods and earthquakes.

  • Fleet launches fifth nanosatellite

    Rebecca Atkinson     |      March 25, 2021

    Fleet Space Technologies has launched its fifth nanosatellite, Centauri 3 from New Zealand’s Launch Complex 1 at Mahia Peninsula aboard a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle.

  • Fleet aims high to boost satellite production

    Rebecca Atkinson     |      March 23, 2021

    South Australian nanosatellite company Fleet Space Technologies has applied for a $5 Million Federal government Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) grant so that it can jump from building three hand-built nanosatellites a year to mass-producing 50. 

  • Life on Mars

    Open Forum     |      March 11, 2021

    Robotic mining that can provide water and fuel is the key to developing a colony on the red planet within the next 30 years.

  • Successful engine test brings Australian space launch capability a step closer

    Open Forum     |      February 27, 2021

    An Australian research consortium has successfully tested a next generation propulsion system that could enable high-speed flight and space launch services. The team’s rotating detonation engine, or RDE, is a major technical achievement and an Australian first.

  • QUT researchers celebrate Mars touchdown

    Open Forum     |      February 20, 2021

    QUT researchers are now ready to play their part in NASA’s search for signs of ancient life of Mars with the successful touchdown of the Mars Perseverance Rover.