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1944

1944

Our moment in the Sun

We pioneered the new field of radio astronomy in Australia, observing the Sun using new techniques and equipment at several sites in Sydney.

2018

1949

CSIRAC: Computing in Australia begins

CSIRAC, or CSIR Mk 1, Australia's first digital computer and fifth in the world, became operational. It was developed by our Radiophysics Division.

1961

1961

Opening of our Parkes radio telescope

Shortly after its opening, in 1962, the telescope tracked NASA’s Mariner 2 spacecraft as it flew by the planet Venus, marking the start of our longstanding relationship with NASA. After nearly 60 years' of service, the telescope remains one of the world’s leading radio telescopes thanks to regular technology upgrades.

1969

1969

Apollo 11 Moon landing

Apollo 11 Moon landing signals received by our Parkes radio telescope and NASA’s Honeysuckle Creek station near Canberra. 600 million people around the world watched the televised broadcast.

1979

1979

Collecting satellite data for Australia

We started acquiring and archiving satellite data for the Australian Government. This data underpins research from inland water, bushfire and land use mapping, to ocean colour monitoring and minerals exploration.

1983

1983

Revolutionising the satellite industry

We started an R&D program with the goal of placing Australian-designed antennas on the second generation AUSSAT satellites. Our work helped to revolutionise the satellite industry.

1989

1989

Our alliance with Boeing

Our longstanding research alliance with aerospace company Boeing commenced. Along with data analytics, our alliance will go onto develop breakthrough technologies in coatings and advanced materials, energy and direct manufacturing.

1992

1992

AUSSAT-B satellite launches

Launch of the first AUSSAT-B satellite, for which we designed and built a prototype antenna for the Western Australia spot beam antenna.

1996

1996

We revolutionise WiFi

Our Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) patent was granted, making fast WiFi possible. This was developed from our deep understanding of radio waves and is now used in billions of devices.

1996

Spacecraft tracking

We were given responsibility by the Australian Government to provide oversight of the treaty relationship between Australia and the United States for spacecraft communications and tracking at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex.

2002

2002

FedSat launched

Launch of FedSat, Australia’s third scientific satellite. We collaborated with universities and private companies on its design and construction.

2006

2006

Fighting fire with satellite data

The ‘Sentinel Hotspots’ demonstration system for bushfire tracking across Australia, developed in collaboration with the Department of Defence, Geoscience Australia and the US Forest Service, was transferred for routine operational service to Geoscience Australia. Today it uses data from multiple US and Japanese satellites to provide up-to-date public information on bushfires across all of Australia via the web.

2013

2013

World-class supercomputing

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, our joint venture with university and Western Australian Government partners, became operational. It is used to process big radio astronomy data sets coming from Australia’s Square Kilometre Array precursor telescopes as well as for other data-intensive science.

2015

2015

Lab 22 offers 3D printing

We opened our 3D metal printing facility Lab22, which enables fast prototyping of components.

2015

LIGO makes waves

The LIGO-Virgo consortium detected gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein. Our team coated many of the optics used in the ‘Advanced LIGO’ instrumentation, including ultra-high performance optical mirrors.

2016

2016

Creating our data-driven future

Our focus on data continued with the launch of our new leading data innovation group, business unit Data61.

2017

2017

ASKAP starts surveying the sky

Our newest radio telescope, ASKAP in remote Western Australia, formally started science observations. It is the fastest survey radio telescope in the world.

2017

NovaSAR observing Earth

We signed an agreement for a share in NovaSAR, one of the world's most sophisticated new satellites, that will make Earth observation data on the Asia-Pacific region more readily available. The satellite is due for launch in 2018.

2017

Securing space with seL4

A CubeSat featuring a secure software system base ‘microkernel’, seL4, developed by our Data61 team was launched from the International Space Station for the QB50 project.

2018

2018

Entering the new space era with Boeing

We agreed with Boeing, our long-term R&D partner, to work together on emerging space technologies.

2018

NovaSAR-1 launched into orbit

After blasting off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India, NovaSAR-1 will enter a commissioning period to be managed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. CSIRO is a data share partner in the satellite.

2018

Space industry roadmap published

Key opportunities for growing Australia’s space economy are outlined in our latest industry roadmap.

2018

CSIRO invests $35M in future of space and AI for Australia

Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, is investing $35M in frontier research in Space Technology and Artificial Intelligence.

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