BLUEsat UNSW is a student space society, with a mission to give students real-world experience in multi-disciplinary space engineering projects, and promote space technology in Australia.

Founded in 1997, the society began as a single project to develop a low earth orbit satellite. Its original aim was to launch one of the first student satellites in Australia. For more than 20 years this has allowed the society to provide for students interested in developing the Australian Space Industry. However, in recent years the group has expanded to include a broader range of space-related projects including:

Off-World Robotics
    Off-World Robotics

    Development of Mars Rover to compete in international robotics competitions. This team provides UNSW students with a full range of robotics experience from low level PCB design and embedded programming to developing the robot's physical structure and user interface.


      Development of CubeSat systems and missions. In this project we have team members developing a number of CubeSat sub-systems. We also have a team working to develop a scientific payload involving space agriculture.

      High Altitude Balloon Project
        High Altitude Balloon Project

        Development of Stratospheric Balloon Vehicles for high altitude equipment testing and other projects. This multi-displinary team regularly sends payloads to the edge of space, and is currently working on a joint project with NATO and the University of Pisa.


          Management of a nanosatellite groundstation. Team members train in the use of satellite groundstation equipment, actively develop our groundstation capability, and talk to real satellites.

          The society is wholly run by students at UNSW Sydney, Australia. Members learn practical technical skills, and cross-disciplinary work practises, whilst also gaining leadership and project management experience.

          As well as our engineering teams BLUEsat also has members working on media, events, and finance; and runs outreach activities to promote space engineering and STEM.

          Sounds interesting? BLUEsat UNSW is always looking for new members. We accept UNSW Sydney students of all experience levels, and disciplines. All you need is a passion for space, robotics, or engineering, or even just a desire to gain real world experience! If you are interested in getting involved in the society please take a look at the Join page.

          Our Latest Blogs

          High Altitude Balloon Launch 29 Sept 2018

          The BLUEsat High Altitude Balloon team inflating a stratospheric balloon on the back of a ute.
          For anyone wondering what the High-Altitude Ballooning (HAB) team has been up to over the last few months - don’t worry, we have not been slacking off! The team has been hard at work developing a payload capable of logging a multitude of different types of data as well as a platform which could deliver it into the stratosphere. This blog will recount the highlights of the mission and an overview of the systems inside our payload, for the more technically-curious. A recount of the mission The trip began with some last-minute logistical issues with regards to site approval but nevertheless, we...

          September 2018 Monthly Update

          BLUEsat's rover driving
          It was definitely the most eventful month of the year for BLUEsat. Placing 8th in the European Rover Challenge (ERC), attending the AEC as well as the successful balloon launch this past weekend. A huge round of applause to everyone for all your hard work this last month! The Rover teams are undergoing some design reviews to improve for the next ERC, and a new squad working on a drone that will follow the rover around to give it a bird's eye view has been formed. Meanwhile, the CubeSat ADCS team has almost finished a prototype for a single axis...

          The Fermi Paradox

          Info-graphic postulating the answer to "Where are they?"
          For a little change of pace from all of these wonderful technical blogs, I think it's time for a little break to let loose our imagination and curiosity. This'll (hopefully) be a nice little series where you and I both will go on an adventure learning and exploring some exciting space theories that have been conjured up! First up, lets explore the Fermi Paradox. The Fermi Paradox named after physicist Enrico Fermi, is an argument explored by him as well physicist Michael H. Hart, about the obvious contradiction between the high probability estimates for the existence of extra-terrestrial civilisations. Brief Overview Some...