Satellite tested at National Space Test Facility now in orbit

The Australian National University Institute for Space (InSpace) is proud to announce that a satellite tested at the National Space Test Facility at the ANU Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics

has been successfully launched and is in orbit with two-way communication.


We congratulate UNSW Canberra Space and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on their successful launch and communication with the M2 Pathfinder satellite.


“It’s been a pleasure to support UNSW Canberra on their space journey. Well done to this spectacular team on the successful delivery of the M2 Pathfinder for the RAAF,” says Prof Anna Moore, Director of InSpace. “We are so proud to add UNSW Canberra to our list of successful partners.”


Before launch, the spacecraft underwent extensive vibration testing, thermal cycling at ambient pressure, thermal balance/cycling at vacuum condition and electromagnetic interference/compatibility testing. The satellite demonstrated it can withstand the severe vibrations expected during launch and that it can function and communicate under the harsh vacuum and temperature environment of space. It’s now successfully in orbit and communicating.


Since reopening after COVID-19 lockdown in May, the National Space Test Facility has performed testing for several big players in the Australian space industry including Gilmour Space Technologies and Fleet Space Technologies. Testing before launch ensures a greater rate of mission success.


The National Space Test Facility is home to a team of world-class researchers and engineers who guide companies and governments through space testing, so every mission can be successful. Our premier testing capabilities are creating a global hub for space testing in Canberra, Australia. The NSTF is enabled by a partnership of five organisations including the ACT Government, The Australian National University, Defence Science and Technologies Group, the New Zealand Space Agency and UNSW Canberra Space.


Kathleen Sweetapple
Contact phone:02 6125 0065