RMIT has opened a new space research centre aptly named the “Satellite Positioning for Atmosphere, Climate and Environment (SPACE) Research Centre”, dedicated to developing low-cost satellite-based remote sensing products.
As another recipient of an Australian Space Research Program grant, the RMIT centre joins the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research at the University of NSW as the second major Space centre to open in a matter of days – heralding a major boost for the Australian Space industry.
The centre will involve researchers from the Bureau of Meteorology, Curtin University of Technology, the University of NSW, EOS Systems, GPSat Systems Australia, National Space Organisation Taiwan and NOAA's World Data Centre for Meteorology, providing strong involvement of international partners, and will help the new centre build international space connections.
The Centre, which was opened on the 19th of November by RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, will focus on developing platform technologies for space, atmospheric mass density and applications of satellite technologies in climate and space weather. The centre is seen as laying some of the foundations for future Australian small satellite missions.
Currently the four listed research focuses will include “GNSS/surveying theory and algorithm”, “Atmospheric modelling”, “Space and Debris tracking”, and “Smart people mobility and object tracking”.
The centre will be led by professor Kefei Zhang as director. For those interested in knowing more about the RMIT SPACE Research Centre, head over to their website here.