Growing the Australian space sector
Over the past 75 years we've built strong capabilities in Earth observation, space tracking and managing complex facilities.
But we do much more, like supporting supply chains through advanced manufacturing, managing big data and helping SMEs.
We also have an established network of national and international partnerships throughout the space sector.
Whatever your challenge, we're here to help secure your footprint in the space economy.
Developing space technologies
The Satellite Optics team are designing and building customised hyperspectral imaging payloads for Earth observation. Drawing together expertise from across the organisation, the team aim to uplift Australian space manufacturing capabilities.
Robotics and autonomous systems
We’re developing robotic systems that help humans perform dangerous tasks, and expanding the Australian robotics industry.
Printable solar cells
Our thin, flexible solar cells offer an affordable solution to meeting increasing energy demands around the world.
Lab22: 3D printing
We innovate additive manufacturing. Our research and development underpins a growing Australian metallic additive manufacturing industry.
Observing Earth from space
NovaSAR-1 national facility
We manage Australia’s 10 per cent share in NovaSAR-1 as a national facility.
The Earth observation satellite uses ‘synthetic aperture radar’ or SAR which allows it to ‘see through’ cloud, smoke and even collect data at night.
We're working with Australia’s first and only Aboriginal owned-and-operated ground station provider, the Centre for Appropriate Technology, to downlink NovaSAR-1 data for Australia.
Australian researchers and industry can apply to task the satellite and access NovaSAR-1 data via CSIRO’s NovaSAR Data Hub.
Our latest space news
Taking mining technology into orbit
Collaboration is the essential ingredient as CSIRO, Boeing and NASA adapt scanning and mapping tech for operations on the International Space Station. JANE NICHOLLS reports
A 'weather service' for water quality
We've launched a network of Earth observation satellites and sensors as part of our AquaWatch Australia mission, to monitor water quality.
Expert commentary – Ningaloo eclipse
CSIRO astronomers explain the rare eclipse happening on 20 April and what we can learn from it.
CSIRO to support future SpaceX missions
Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has signed a five-year agreement with US-based company SpaceX to support their future space missions.
Quasar DIH funding
Quasar Satellite Technologies have been awarded $5.3M Defence Innovation Hub contract for space communications and space domain awareness.
Statement: CSIRO supporting NASA's return to the Moon
Australia's national science agency CSIRO is supporting NASA's return to the moon through the Artemis program.
Bringing Australian space talent back home
After two decades overseas studying space weather and building a career in the global space industry, Dr Mark Cheung has returned to Australia and Team CSIRO.
Work begins on new deep space antenna in WA
The first stone has today been turned in the construction of a new deep space antenna in regional Western Australia, as part of a multi-million dollar collaboration between the Australian Space Agency and the European Space Agency (ESA).
New lunar testbed helping robots Moon walk
Researchers and businesses preparing to head to the Moon can test their technologies in a new purpose-built facility established by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency.
Indigenous-owned ground station supports our NovaSAR-1 satellite research facility
We're working with Australia’s first and only Aboriginal owned-and-operated ground station provider to bring NovaSAR-1 data down to Earth.
Space startup Quasar takes off with CSIRO tech
New Australian space startup Quasar Satellite Technologies is set to revolutionise space communication, allowing ground stations to talk to hundreds of satellites at once using technology developed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency.
CSIRO's Dish to support one of the first commercial Moon landings
The iconic Parkes radio telescope, owned and operated by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, will help businesses to literally reach for the Moon by providing ground station support for one of the first commercial lunar landings later this year.