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Swinburne Uni adds new space sector short courses

Max Blenkin
Swinburne Uni adds new space sector short courses

To meet the needs of Australia’s growing space sector, Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology is launching two new short courses on space this August.

Swinburne said these six-week micro units are aimed at researchers, consultants, entrepreneurs and legal professionals looking to work in and with fast-growing space industries.

Senior lecturer in space research, governance and law Kim Ellis said the micro-units provided a comprehensive overview for those wishing to take advantage of opportunities in the space industries.

“The micro-units are the first of their kind in Australia and provide the necessary skills and knowledge to begin, or level-up, your career in the space industry, regardless of your current field,” she said.


“That includes understanding the unique challenges that are faced by Australian space industry entrepreneurs, researchers or lawyers trying to navigate new space rules and regulations.”

The ‘Space Applications in the Australian Context’ micro-unit aims to help researchers and entrepreneurs navigate the complexities of the domestic and international space industries’ ecosystem.

Experts will guide participants through the current and potential applications and capabilities of Australia’s space industry, as well as the fundamentals of operating in a space environment.

The ‘Space Regulatory Frameworks’ micro-unit looks at the key legislation, agreements, treaties and conventions that govern domestic and international space operations.


The micro-units will be mostly delivered online but include a one-day intensive and networking event. Each course costs $2,950.

Combining online delivery with an in-person workshop allows participants to access flexible learning, find their niche and grow their network with leading industry players, the university said.

Swinburne said it’s fast becoming a leader in space and the global space industries.

In April, Swinburne was announced as a key player in the new Cooperative Research Centre for Smart Satellite Technologies and Analytics, the biggest investment in space industry research and development in Australia’s history.

Dean of science Professor Virginia Kilborn said these new micro-units were a natural next step for Swinburne and would equip Australians with skills and knowledge to be at the forefront of the international space industry.

“The global space economy is only going to get bigger,” she said.

“Opportunities include artificial intelligence, robotics, big data analytics and next-generation communications to enable broadband space-to-Earth communication, as well as innovation in antenna, rocket and spacecraft systems.”

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