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Aerospace Futures 2018 Day 3

UNSW Delegates at the Aerospace futures conference
This is the finale to the exciting trilogy of days at the Aerospace Futures Conference in Canberra. Day 1 has been posted here and day 2 has been posted here. It is the final day, and yet, the Aerospace Conference could not help but pack in a day of endless presentations, Globemaster flypasts and a...

Aerospace Futures 2018 Day 2

In case you missed it, check out yesterday's update on day 1 of the Aerospace Futures Conference! Today was another fantastic conference day, with demonstrations and workshops from some of Australia's best and brightest. The day kicked off with a showcase of some of UNSW Canberra's space achievements such as the Buccaneer CubeSat and their...

Aerospace Futures 2018 Day 1

Suited up in the Parliament House before the Aerospace futures conference
Aerospace Futures 2018 Excited! That’s exactly how I felt hopping onto the bus yesterday for the Aerospace Futures Conference. We had a wonderful bus ride down to Canberra chatting with the new friends we made as well as watching Tom working on CAD for the rover for the majority of the trip. Having been working...

The Australian Space Program: Part 2

Australia enters the space race - comic, Australian space industry
Last time on The Australian Space Program, our intrepid heroes were struggling to build an Australian space agency! And now for our thrilling conclusion... Existing Capability at Home Australia’s space industry accounts for 0.8% of the international space sector, far below our total share of 1.8%. This indicates an under-performance in a market we have no...

June 2018 Monthly Update

Connector board array on the NUMBAT rover
It has been another busy month at BLUEsat. Progress has been made with the NUMBAT rover in our Off-World Robotics Team, with work on connector boards, PCBs, the suspension system and a variety of new software features. The old BLUEtongue rover has been fixed and ready for use in rover driving sessions. The Satellite...

The Australian Space Program: Part 1

Australian space, Australia from space, Earth
We have a space program. After decades of lobbying both for and against, the Australian government announced their intentions to restructure the disparate government departments involved with coordinating a national space policy into one entity. This left many people excited about the possibilities, but the question remains: what does this mean for Australian space?...

May 2018 Monthly Update

Prototype CubeSat ADC consisting of three levels of PCBS with metal wheels inbetween for the ADCs
This has been an eventful month for BLUEsat UNSW, with our previous President and Secretary, Helena Kertesz and Harry J.E Day,  stepping down from their executive positions at BLUEsat. The EGM welcomed Raghav Hariharan as the new President, Anita Smirnov as the new Secretary and Bohan Deng as the new Arc Delegate. Rover From the Rover...

Australia’s New Space Industry

"Oh, do you want to go join NASA?" has become a tiresome question that people ask whenever I and other students mention our interest in joining the space industry. For most people, NASA simply is the only group that they know are working on space engineering and science. It seems inconceivable that Australia of...