Our Activities

Radio Astronomy

CSIRO's radio astronomy observatories are collectively known as the Australia Telescope National Facility, with the facility supporting Australia's research in radio astronomy.

ASKAP Leading to SKA

CSIRO is building the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope and contributing to the international development of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope.

Space Tracking

The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is one of three Deep Space Network stations around the world providing continuous, two-way radio contact with spacecraft exploring our solar system and beyond.

Space Sciences and Technology

Coordinating and supporting CSIRO’s space research, industry engagement and outreach activities.

Making a Difference

Making world-class telescopes accessible

Each year CSIRO’s Australia Telescope is made available to 400 astronomers from 20 countries.

Creating world-class receivers: ‘hearing-aids’ for telescopes

'Receivers' are the hearing aids of a radio telescope, boosting cosmic signals by up to a million times and CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility tailor-makes receivers for its own telescopes and for others around the world.

Signal processing: turning ‘space whispers’ into information

Faster, wider, more often … CSIRO engineers push for Olympic excellence in the signal-processing systems they build for astronomy.
CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science Division can design and build high-speed signal-processing systems, both digital and analogue, for radio telescopes.

Designing 'smart feeds'

CSIRO is developing a 'phased-array feed' that will dramatically increase a radio telescope's field of view - the amount of sky it can see in a single 'look'.

Handling large data sets for astronomy

The Australian SKA Pathfinder brings astronomy into the realm of 'petabyte science'. Data transport, processing and storage are key challenges in the project.