• Getting it right: The most complex space telescope ever built

    Rachael Livermore     |      August 27, 2018

    The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionised astronomy and produced images of space that have captured the public’s imagination like no other telescope. But as Hubble approaches its 30th birthday, its successor is waiting in the wings.

  • First Buccaneer satellite mission declared a success

    Open Forum     |      August 22, 2018

    A satellite jointly developed by UNSW Canberra Space and Defence Science and Technology (DST) has been operating on-orbit successfully for more than nine months, performing a range of experiments as part of a mission that is paving the way for small spacecraft development in Australia.

  • A quiet Sunday night discovering a super-massive black hole

    Noura Alonzi     |      August 8, 2018

    The story of how a small team of researchers from Australian universities found the ‘hungry monster’ – one of the most exciting discoveries in astronomy this year.

  • Australia’s space agency needs certainty

    Brett Biddington     |      August 4, 2018

    The Australian Space Agency, led by Dr Megan Clark AC, officially opened for business at the start of July. How will it help develop the fledgling domestic space industry?

  • Blood moon: lunar eclipse myths from around the world

    Daniel Brown     |      July 28, 2018

    Last evening, six of Earth’s seven continents saw the longest lunar eclipse this century. From fake kings and celestial jaguars, Daniel Brown explores the many myths behind the “blood moon”, and why this evocative phrase is a thorn in the side of science.

  • Can artificial intelligence help find alien intelligence?

    Michael Oman-Reagan     |      July 22, 2018

    In the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, we’ve often looked for signs of intelligence, technology and communication that are similar to our own. Now scientists are considering whether artificial intelligence (AI) could help us search for alien intelligence in ways we haven’t even thought of yet.

  • How private companies are launching a new space age

    Monica Grady     |      July 18, 2018

    Private companies are increasingly challenging national space agencies in a new space race which comes with great opportunities but also carries significant risks.

  • 3, 2, 1…liftoff! The science of launching rockets from Australia

    Ingo Jahn     |      June 27, 2018

    Australia’s space agency will officially commence operations on July 1 2018. The creation of an Australian space port would be the next logical step to help develop Australia’s space industry.

  • Australia’s future in space

    Peter Jennings     |      June 16, 2018

    After decades of prevarication, the arrival of the Australian Space Agency is a very welcome development. Business is buzzing with the potential for expanding space-related work and Defence has never been better equipped with space-enabled platforms and technology.

  • Australia needs its own sovereign launch capability

    Scott Wallis     |      June 9, 2018

    Developing a sustainable, flexible and responsive sovereign launch capability in Australia could underpin the creation of a competitive space industry in this country.

  • The new space race in Asia

    Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan     |      May 26, 2018

    While Australia takes its first tentative steps into the space sector with the creation of a small Federal agency, the major space powers in Asia – Japan, China and India – are ramping up their programmes, with national security playing an ever greater role in their activities.

  • An astronaut’s view of Australia’s proposed space agency

    Jim Plouffe     |      May 24, 2018

    Former NASA astronaut Pamela Melroy has moved to Adelaide to work with the emerging Australian space industry and offers her thoughts on the government’s new agency.