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The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) is The Australian National University’s department of astronomy and astrophysics.

The RSAA is located at the Mount Stromlo Observatory (MSO), a 20-minute drive from the main Acton campus of ANU near the centre of Canberra, Australia’s capital city. We also operate Australia’s largest optical observatory, which is located near the town of Coonabarabran in the western plains of New South Wales, and hosts telescopes of research groups from around the world as well as those of RSAA and other Australian institutions.

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Developed and delivered by ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics in collaboration with ANU institute for Space, this course will run at the beautiful Mount Stromlo Observatory.

Do you work in a government department or industry, incorporating and using space technology more? Are you expected to know a range of technical details and nuances and want to better grasp them?  We are here to help!

Course outline

Over 2 days, come and learn from world experts covering a range of areas:

  • history of Australia's role in space,
  • the international landscape
  • how orbits work
  • ground-space communications
  • earth and space observations
  • legal, policy, and security issues
  • space exploration


Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should:

  • Understand space technology and its use
  • have an appreciation of the complexity of space technology
  • be able to identify the key issues in the use and development of space technology
  • understand how various issues are inter-connected and their affects
  • see the need and role of Australia in space technology, especially in the government and private sectors

Who should enrol

This course is suitable for those working in areas involving the use of space, space technology, satellites, earth observations and more.  It is also suitable for anyone interested in learning about the field or potentially entering it.