Shaping Australia’s Space Journey

What happens in space has a huge impact on what we do here on Earth. We rely on space technologies for everyday activities, like banking and GPS, through to other vital services, such as emergency management and environmental monitoring.  

At UNSW Canberra at ADFA, we’re interested in harnessing space technologies to solve real-world problems. We believe expanding Australia’s capabilities in space is not only essential for national security, but also presents us with economic opportunities in a rapidly growing sector.  

Our engineers specialise in miniaturised satellites and the use of disruptive technologies, such as on-board processing, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems. We are committed to using space responsibly and our research also addresses growing concerns such as space junk and the ethics of space exploration.

Space Research

Our space research focuses on providing tangible solutions to our needs on Earth. We draw from this goal and it informs our satellite missions. We are also researching the ethical challenges that global advances in space might create and how we might solve these potential problems.

Our unique relationship with the Australian Defence Force and defence industries means you'll also have access to research not available at other Australian universities.   

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Start your career journey at the undergraduate level with one of our world-class degrees. You’ll gain the theoretical understanding and practical experience needed to launch your career in a wide range of industries.  

Explore our study options and discover the degree that’s right for you.

Expand your knowledge and expertise with one of our postgraduate coursework degrees. 

We offer a range of flexible, online programs that can be completed in as little as one year.

We’re at the forefront of many new developments and offer superior programs and research opportunities.

Earn a highly respected and internationally recognised qualification and work with leading academics and researchers in your chosen field.

Our flexible short courses are the perfect way to upskill or revamp your knowledge. 

We know you’re juggling other commitments, so we offer flexible study options to help you take the next step in your career. 

UNSW Canberra Space

UNSW Canberra Space is a world-class team of engineers and scientists shaping Australia’s direction and capability in the space sector. Our facilities enable us to design, develop and operate satellite missions from start to finish.

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An Integrated Defence Focus

UNSW Canberra proudly educates Australia’s future military leaders—but we also strengthen national defence and security through our relationships with the Australian Defence Force and defence industries.

Our Defence Research Institute (DRI) aims to sustain Defence’s competitive operational advantage in support of Australia’s sovereign interests.

Explore how our wide-ranging research generates disruptive capabilities and delivers multidisciplinary solutions to complex defence and security problems. 

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