Curtin has been involved in space research since before the first lunar landing in 1969 when we were developing expertise in mass spectrometry and remote sensing. Fast forward 50 years and we are still at the frontier of space sciences.

Two large research centres have formed at Curtin around space sciences and astrophysics; the Space Science & Technology Centre (SSTC) and the Curtin Institute for Radio Astronomy (CIRA).

We are a world-leader in Space Situational Awareness (SSA) through both our partnership with Lockheed Martin Space on a project named FireOPAL, for precise optical tracking of large-scale space debris, as well as the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), capable of a range of applications including passive radar for Space Situational Awareness (SSA).

Our space science and SSA-related capabilities include astrophysics, spacecraft engineering, optical tracking systems, radio astronomy engineering, GNSS navigation, positioning and timing, remote sensing and satellite research. Along with this, our capabilities in data visualisation, simulation and supercomputing provide Curtin with a unique foundation to develop, model and implement solutions to future challenges in the space industry.