Training Centre for CubeSats and UAVs funded

cubesats

The Australia Research Council has announced funding for the Training Centre for CubeSats, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and their Applications. The Centre is an outgrowth of Sydney SpaceNet and will received $4,619,950 in government funding over 5 years.

The Centre will: create a cadre of trained workers for sustainable Australian, advanced manufacturing, space and UAV industries of national importance; fundamentally change the capabilities and applications of CubeSats, UAVs, and their instruments (plus those for larger satellites) for Earth observations, GPS, satellite communications, and space weather purposes; and progress these devices to create major commercial value with wide applications across these and other areas.

Proposal Summary

"Our economy, security, and society increasingly rely on access to space for vital data and services. However, a skilled workforce is required to grow the sector and capitalise on global opportunities. CubeSats are a new class of small satellites, which with UAVs are disrupting the international satellite market, are of great commercial value, and have very low costs. The Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs, and Their Applications will (a) train the next
generation of workers in cutting edge advanced manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and commercial space and UAV applications, (b) develop new instruments, technology and products to solve crucial problems, and (c) develop a world-class Australian industry in CubeSats, UAVs, and related products."

"The Centre will: create a cadre of trained workers for sustainable Australian, advanced manufacturing, space and UAV industries of national importance; fundamentally change the capabilities and applications of CubeSats, UAVs, and their instruments (plus those for larger satellites) for Earth observations, GPS, satellite communications, and space weather purposes; and progress these devices to create major commercial value with wide applications across these and other areas."


Team names and partner organisations

Name Partner Organisation
Professor Iver Cairns The University of Sydney
 Professor Andrew Dempster  The University of New South Wales
 Dr Eleanor Bruce  The University of Sydney
 A/Prof Joe
Khachan
 The University of Sydney
 A/Prof KC
Wong
The University of Sydney
 A/Prof Roy
Hughes
 University of Sydney, Queensland
University of Technology, The University
of New South Wales
 Dr Elias
Aboutanios
 The University of New South Wales
 Dr Ediz Cetin  Macquarie University
 Dr Sergio
Leon-Saval
 The University of Sydney
 Dr Bradley
Evans
 The University of Sydney
 Dr Xiaofeng
Wu
 The University of Sydney
 Dr Richard
Murphy
 The University of Sydney
 Dr Jason Held  SABER ASTRONAUTICS AUSTRALIA
 Dr Weitang
Li
 Defence Science and Technology
Organisation
 Mr Paris
Michaels
 AIR@WAVE COMMUNICATIONS PTY
LTD
 Mr Andreas
Antoniades
 Obelisk Systems Pty Ltd
 Prof Gregory
Chamitoff
 Texas A&M University, The University of
Sydney, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology
 Dr Jonathan
Lawrence
 The University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney, Australian
Astronomical Observatory
 Dr Stephen
Carr
 Defence Science and Technology
Group
Dr Daniel
Bongiorno
Defence Science and Technology Group
A/Prof
Charles
Bachmann
Rochester Institute of Technology, New
York
Dr David
Neudegg
BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY
Dr Paul
Barber
ArborCarbon Pty Ltd
Dr Terry
Cocks
HYVISTA CORPORATION PTY. LTD.