We pioneered the new field of radio astronomy in Australia, observing the Sun using new techniques and equipment at several sites in Sydney.
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.
UK and Australia teamed up to use space technology to co-design projects with our Pacific Island neighbours focused on managing threats like natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.
CSIRO celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with open days at its Parkes Observatory and the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla.
It was an exciting time for Australia in space with the establishment of an Australian Space Agency, the growth of new businesses in the local space industry, and collaborations with international agencies including NASA on their inspirational missions to the Moon and Mars that will create jobs and opportunities for Australians.
The AquaWatch Australia mission scoping study began, designed to boost national water quality management. Satellites in space and a network of ground-based sensors could be used to monitor the quality of Australia’s inland waterways, reservoirs and coastal environments.
CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope, Murriyang, joined Houston-based aerospace company, Intuitive Machines’ Lunar Telemetry and Tracking Network (LTN) which will provide ground station services to commercial lunar missions under NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative.
CSIRO opens applications for Australian researchers in industries like agriculture and natural disaster management to task the Earth observation satellite NovaSAR-1, accessing Australia’s share of the satellite.
CSIRO’s In-situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU) Facility opens its doors. A lunar testbed including a sealed dust area to safely handle various types of lunar regolith simulant – fabricated Moon dust – to test rovers and related equipment at scale.
Plans for a National Space Program for Earth Observation announced.
All Australian operation – NovaSAR-1 data tasked and acquired by CSIRO’s share in NovaSAR-1 downlinked via with the Centre for Appropriate Technology, Australia’s first and only Indigenous-owned ground station service.
The first stone was 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).
CSIRO teams at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and ESA’s New Norcia tracking station supported NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, the world’s first full-scale planetary defence test.