As part of the investment in the research initiative UNSW Canberra Space, the university has developed the in-house capability to carry out innovative, routine and affordable in-orbit space research. To date, the group has developed and flown five satellites, including Australia’s most complex home-grown space mission and arguably the world’s most complex cubesat mission ever, the M2 formation flying / on-board AI / S&T demonstration mission.
Our goal is to use our capability to perform high impact science and technology development that will in turn make a significant contribution to meeting Australia’s need for safe and secure access to space-based technologies for economic, social and strategic benefit.
UNSW Canberra and the French Space Agency CNES have jointly developed the Australian National Concurrent Design Facility (ANCDF) co-located on the UNSW Canberra campus at the Australian Defence Force Academy, for the preliminary design and assessment of new space mission concepts. This facility rapidly assess the technical, programmatic and financial/commercial feasibility of candidate space mission concepts in order to provide early-stage input to the planning and development of the portfolio of future missions.
It has become a key national asset which is available to the wider Australian space community to encourage and foster collaboration and the adoption of high-quality professional approaches to space engineering, thereby helping the growing sovereign space capability grow and mature. In the past two years, UNSW Canberra Space have completed studies in the facility for a number of government and university organisations.
Australia’s lead disruptive space mission centre is looking for a talented and experienced space systems engineer to manage the Australian National Concurrent Design Facility.
UNSW Canberra Space has now launched 5 satellites in the past 4 years. Our latest are the pair of M2 satellites, two advanced reprogrammable satellites that will demonstrate technologies for formation flying, Earth observation (particularly maritime surveillance), Space Domain Awareness, SATCOM and in-orbit artificial intelligence. This mission is Australia’s most sophisticated home-grown satellite mission yet, and arguably one of the world’s most complex cubesat missions ever attempted.
World best practice for developing missions such as M2 is to use the concurrent engineering approach, in which the various disciplines of engineering join with the customer to perform detailed yet rapid studies of the technical, schedule and financial feasibility of mission concepts to meet user requirements.
The ANCDF is such a concurrent engineering centre, established with the assistance of CNES. Over recent years, it has been used to support over a dozen mission studies, including CSIRO’s Aquawatch and Geoscience Australia’s SCR.
About the Role
Space Systems Engineer – Concurrent Design Facility Manager
Broadband Level 7/8
Level 7: $97,381 - $105,395 plus 17% super and leave loading
Level 8 $108,856 - $122,649 plus 17% Superannuation
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