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 related capabilities in data visualisation and simulation, supercomputing, provides Curtin with a unique foundation to partner and develop a multi-sensor data fusion centre for simulation, modelling and ideating future solutions.

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