Showcasing the Australian Space Research ProgramApril 20 2013
The Australian Space Research Program, now in its final year, has been an outstanding success in stimulating Australian space research activity. A panel discussion was hosted by UniSA, chaired by Professor Andrew Parfitt, and included representatives from the Australian National University, Vipac, Flinders University and the Institute for Telecommunications Research at UniSA.
The aim of the Australian Space Research Program is to develop Australia’s specialist space capabilities by supporting space-related research and innovation in areas that will have national significance. The panel speakers each presented the highlights of their funded projects and explained what the future holds.
Emeritus Professor Harvey Butcher, Australian National University, spoke about the university’s Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre, and about the research, education, projects and training related to space studies.
Professor Bill Cowley of UniSA’s Institute for Telecommunications Research, spoke about their Global Sensor Network project, which aims to produce a satellite instrument that can take measurements of global surfaces, especially in remote places that do not have access to 3G infrastructures.
Professor Martin Westwell, Director of the Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century (Science21) at Flinders University, discussed their schools' research project. The project works with school students on issues that are meaningful to them and supports them in data-collection projects that can be used by scientists to restore the environment.
Finally, Andrew Clarke from Vipac Engineers and Scientists Ltd spoke about their Greenhouse Gas Monitor project. The project is looking into developing an innovative sensor instrument to measure and collect global data on greenhouse gases.