We pioneered the new field of radio astronomy in Australia, observing the Sun using new techniques and equipment at several sites in Sydney.
CSIRAC, or CSIR Mk 1, Australia's first digital computer and fifth in the world, became operational. It was developed by our Radiophysics Division.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Launch of the first AUSSAT-B satellite, for which we designed and built a prototype antenna for the Western Australia spot beam antenna.
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.
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.
Launch of FedSat, Australia’s third scientific satellite. We collaborated with universities and private companies on its design and construction.
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.
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.
We opened our 3D metal printing facility Lab22, which enables fast prototyping of components.
Our focus on data continued with the launch of our new leading data innovation group, business unit Data61.
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.
We agreed with Boeing, our long-term R&D partner, to work together on emerging space technologies.
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.
Key opportunities for growing Australia’s space economy are outlined in our latest industry roadmap.
Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, is investing $35M in frontier research in Space Technology and Artificial Intelligence.