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ANU InSpace is building the next generation of capabilities to provide impact and outcomes for ANU space research and the Australian space sector. The $200 million of ANU Space Infrastructure available consists of multiple facilities across the ANU Campus in Acton, Mt Stromlo, and also in NSW, all operated and run by a community of world class ANU experts.
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The National Space Test Facility, hosted by ANU, enables the development of major space missions through severe space environmental testing of satellites, payloads, sub systems, and components.

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The Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility is a unique scientific facility that combines voltages of up to 15 million volts with some of the most accurate beam control and detection technology in the world. Driven by Australia’s largest and highest energy ion accelerator, ions ranging from hydrogen to plutonium can be accelerated and used to emulate the space radiation environment. Fifty years of expertise in fundamental nuclear physics research coupled with continual improvement and upgrades ensures that work performed at HIAF is always at the cutting edge and provides a radiation testing capability unique in Australia.


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NSQN Workshop


Preparing the Australian industry to launch their products into space requires the highest level of reliability for mission success in extreme environments. The NSQN will provide a combined total of $1 billion dollars of space qualification infrastructure for immediate, cost-effective testing and accelerated space mission design and delivery.

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Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre

The Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) is a national facility in Canberra. It was established to support the development of the next generation of instruments for astronomy and space science. AITC provides cutting-edge, extensive capabilities in the development of high performance instrumentation for ground-based telescopes and space missions, including precision manufacturing, rapid prototyping and the test and evaluation of small spacecrafts.

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Siding Spring Observatory

Siding Spring Observatory (SSO), on the edge of the Warrumbungle National Park near Coonabarabran, NSW, is Australia's premier optical and infrared astronomical observatory. Since opening in 1964, The Australian National University has operated the observatory site hosting research telescopes from the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA), Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO), and many other institutions from around the world at this spectacular location next to the picturesque Warrumbungle National Park, Australia's first International Dark Sky Park (IDSP).