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We operate two facilities that are part of global networks providing continuous, two-way contact with spacecraft exploring our Solar System and beyond: NASA's Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and the European Space Agency's New Norcia tracking station.

Our space research is centred on satellite and space communication technologies, Earth observation data analytics, robotics and remote operations, and space life sciences.

We also operate Australia's share of the innovative Earth observation satellite, NovaSAR-1, and with the SmartSat CRC jointly lead the proposed AquaWatch Australia mission to develop a nation-wide, integrated ground to space freshwater monitoring system.

Radio astronomy

For more than 75 years we've been a world-leader in radio astronomy: managing observatories including the Australia Telescope National Facility and revealing the structure of the Universe.

We are also playing a leading role in a global project to design, build and operate the Square Kilometre Array – the world's largest radio telescope – on the world's premier radio-quiet site, our Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory.


Our team of highly specialised engineers work across our radio astronomy and space programs. They develop new instruments for our own instruments, and those around the world, to enhance our understanding of the Universe and realise benefits for us here on Earth.

Meet the Space and Astronomy leadership team

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