Space Machines Launch

Space Machines launches largest Australian-built commercial spacecraft


Congratulations to Space Machines Company on launching the largest single Australian-built commercial spacecraft that will deliver transport and service capabilities in orbit. The Optimus Platform, is designed to provide servicing and protection for vital in-space infrastructure. The iLAuNCH Trailblazer and The Australian National University (ANU) enabled by ANU Institute for Space | InSpace has been a critical part of this space heritage, qualifying the Optimus transport and logistics platform for space.

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ANU InSpace hosts workshop on CAP engagement with the space sector

Asia Pacific

Space is about more than astronauts, rockets, and satellites. It’s about innovation, technological advancements, and making life better for people on Earth. Last week, InSpace facilitated a workshop with researchers from the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific to explore how space overlaps with current research areas such as international development, security, climate resilience, migration, gender, pop culture, health, and so much more.

Patrick Kluth, Paul Compston, and Victoria Zinnecker

Latest iLAuNCH Trailblazer project is cleared for launch


The latest iLAuNCH Trailblazer project with ANU and New Frontier Technologies will apply the design flexibility and speed of additive manufacturing technology to develop large-scale carbon composite structures for rockets.


InSpace attends School of Space Qualification 2024

National Space Qualification Network (NSQN)

InSpace Director Professor Anna Moore and Business Development Manager Anupam Kumar Pilli were excited to be a part of the School of Space Qualification 2024, representing The Australian National University and the National Space Qualification Network (#NSQN), in Mooloolaba, QLD this week.

ANU Institute for Space 2023 Highlights

ANU InSpace 2023 - Our year in pictures

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It’s been a big year for ANU InSpace! We hosted and attended over two dozen meetings, events, and conferences. We networked with hundreds of people involved in the space sector from academia, industry, government, and the community. We welcomed three new Business Development Managers onto our team. We won awards and honours and continued our commitment to be leading advocates for space research.

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ACSG releases report on Australian attitudes to national space activities

Australian Centre for Space Governance (ACSG)

Curious what the Australian public thinks about space? The Australian Centre for Space Governance (ACGS) answers this question in their first-of-its-kind report documenting Australian public attitudes towards space activities.

Bushfire Research Centre of Excellence briefing with Senator David Pocock

Bushfire Research Centre of Excellence provides briefing to Senator David Pocock

Resilience Mission

It's fantastic for InSpace to be supporting Professor Marta Yebra and the Bushfire Research Centre of Excellence in a conversation today with Senator David Pocock to answer his many questions on how Australia can be leading the international efforts on new approaches to fire prevention, detection, and response.

B2B sessions at the UK Space Delegation meeting

ANU InSpace hosts the UK Space Delegation

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A UK Space Delegation led by the UK Department for Business and Trade travelled to Canberra on 8 December 2023 to visit ANU InSpace. The meeting was coordinated by the ACT Government.

Schmidt, Barr, and Bennet cutting the ribbon

ANU Quantum Optical Ground Station launches

Australasian Optical Ground Station Network (AOGSN)

Congratulations to the ANU Optical Communications Team, led by Associate Professor Francis Bennet, on the launch of the ANU Quantum Optical Ground Station on 6 December. The ANU Quantum Optical Ground Station was opened by The Australian National University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Brian Schmidt AC, and the ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr.

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InSpace hosts ANU R&I Communicators Network for festive celebration

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We kicked off the holiday season this morning with a gathering with our network of ANU R&I Communicators.

InSpace team at WildFireSat Stakeholders Meeting at Canadian Space Agency

ANU attends WildFireSat Stakeholders Meeting at Canadian Space Agency

Resilience Mission

ANU InSpace Mission Specialist and Bushfire Research Centre of Excellence Director, Professor Marta Yebra, and ANU InSpace iLAuNCH Trailblazer Project Director, Amit Parashar, headed to Canada last week for the WildFireSat Stakeholders Meeting at the Canadian Space Agency.

ANU team and guests at AmCham Australia Alliance Gala Awards 2023

ANU InSpace attends AmCham Australia Alliance Awards Gala

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Congratulations to Anna Moore for being named Highly Commended in the category of Leaders in the Space Industry. It was an honour to see Anna recognised among industry leaders in this inspiring community that drives positive change and growth.

Paul Compston and Patrick Kluth inside the ANU Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility

iLAuNCH Trailblazer: First Australian National University project goes live!


Announcing the next iLAuNCH Trailblazer project: Carbon composite technology to reduce satellite mass.

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ACT Government launches ACT Space Update 2023 + SmartSat CRC funding

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The ACT Government launched their ACT Space Update 2023, which acknowledges Canberra's long history of space mission success and focuses on establishing Canberra as Australia’s gateway to space. $1.3 million win for OzFuel - one of the two new research projects to be co-funded by SmartSat CRC and the ACT Government.

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Space Medicine for Earthlings Sundowner Event

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Space Medicine for Earthlings a Space Industry Networking Event, held in Canberra, at The Shine Dome. This event was held with Australia in Space and ANU Institute for Space - InSpace.

ANU PhD student Shingo Nishimoto

ANU student's experiment to be tested by ISS astronauts

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Congratulations to The Australian National University PhD student Shingo Nishimoto for winning the Asian Try Zero-G competition. His experiment will investigate angular momentum perturbations and change of chopsticks in microgravity.

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Heavy Ion Accelerators celebrates their 50th anniversary

National Space Qualification Network (NSQN)

Happy birthday to the 14UD particle accelerator! On the 15th of August, 1973, the first beam tests of the 14UD Tandem Accelerator were conducted. An analysed beam of protons was successfully obtained, marking the beginning of half a century of world-leading scientific investigation.

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ANU projects awarded Australian Space Agency’s Moon to Mars Initiative grant funding

Australasian Optical Ground Station Network (AOGSN), Space Gravity

We are over the moon to announce that two of our ANU InSpace Flagship Missions have received grant funding from the Australian Space Agency’s Moon to Mars Initiative.

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iLAuNCH to blaze a trail in space research


On 6 July, the Assistant Education Minister officially launched iLAuNCH, a trailblazer collaboration in space research which will boost Australia’s position in the global space economy, drive innovation and develop a new generation of space leaders.

ANU InSpace Team onstage at the 2023 Australian Space Awards

ANU InSpace named Academic Institute of the Year at 2023 Australian Space Awards

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On 17 May 2023, the ANU InSpace team traveled to Sydney to attend the Australian Space Summit and Space Awards, hosted by Space Connect, at the International Convention Centre in scenic Darling Harbour. We were honoured to be named Academic Institute of the Year, along with other awards for our team members.

JAXA at ANU InSpace

JAXA visits ANU InSpace

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Dr Masaki Fujimoto, Deputy Director of ISAS (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science) from JAXA: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, along with his colleague Ms Sakiko Kamesaki, visited ANU InSpace on 8 May 2023.

NSQN Industry Workshop group

We have liftoff! NSQN officially launched

National Space Qualification Network (NSQN)

After a successful two-day Industry Workshop at ANU, the National Space Qualification Network is officially launched.

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Avalon 2023

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ANU InSpace spent the week at AVALON 2023 - Australian International Airshow Aerospace and Defence Exposition.

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Inaugural ANU InSpace Showcase 2022

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The Inaugural InSpace Showcase was a hit! In just one hour, the ANU Institute for Space showcased three of our flagship missions through a multidisciplinary lens. Monday 21 November 2022 saw an audience of over 120 people arrive at the ANU Kambri to listen to the latest space news.