Supporting the technology needs of the Australian astronomy and space science community

N. Mathers, L. Spitler, A. Horton, R. Franzen, M. Petkovic

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The Australian National University Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ANU RSAA) is Australia's premier University Centre for astronomical research. It has a distinguished heritage in converting the complex scientific requirements of Astronomers into precision instrumentation, including the design, integration and test of advanced instrumentation for international observatories such as the Gemini Observatory and the new Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). The recent establishment of the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) expanded the ANU RSAA's capability and established the infrastructure to support the design, integration and test of space-based instruments. With a mandate to support astronomy and space science nationally, the AITC provides an intersection between scientists and engineers, between research and industry and enables collaboration across different sectors. This paper will present recent steps taken by the AITC to identify potential science-justified space-based astronomy missions. It will outline some of the technologies being developed in Australia to support future astronomy and space science missions and the importance of the test and evaluation work being undertaken at the AITC to improve their performance and their technology readiness level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication66th International Astronautical Congress 2015 (IAC 2015)
Subtitle of host publicationSpace - the gateway for mankind's future
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781510818934
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventInternational Astronautical Congress (66th : 2015): Space - The Gateway for Mankind's Future - Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 12 Oct 201516 Oct 2015
Conference number: 66th


OtherInternational Astronautical Congress (66th : 2015)
Abbreviated titleIAC 2015

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