2 mins read 25 May 2022

Astrosite Mobile Telescope Subject of New Partnership

Western Sydney University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Swedish Space Corporation to jointly explore space situational awareness.

Western Sydney University and the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a move to strengthen international relations and facilitate space observation research collaborations. The MoU focuses on Western Sydney University’s International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems (ICNS) and space situational awareness.

“We are very excited to be working with Swedish Space Corporation who are an active and important member of the European space community. Our new partnership will allow our team to further our reach internationally and introduce our technology and solutions to the global space community,” said Associate Professor Gregory Cohen, Deputy Director and Program Lead for Space Applications at ICNS.

The University’s Astrosite mobile space observatory will be used as part of the MoU for joint observation campaigns at sites within Australia. Astrosite is a world-first neuromorphic inspired mobile telescope developed by the ICNS team to utilise event-based sensors for space situational awareness. The mobile observatory may potentially be co-located at European sites in the future. 

“Synching up multiple Astrosite observatories in the Southern hemisphere, and possibly the Northern hemisphere in the near future, will allow us to gather more data than ever before that will be mutually beneficial to the global space sector,” said Associate Professor Cohen. 

Jacob Ask, Space Situational Awareness Program Architect at Swedish Space Corporation says as part of a new Space Situational Awareness program, the SSC are developing a modern surveillance and tracking capability in Western Australia that will link and share data with Australian and potential future European sites as outlined in the MoU.  

“This is an exciting development both for us as a company and for our future collaborations in Australia. SSC will engage heavily in joint observation campaigns with Western Sydney University and our other partners, including data fusion, data sharing and other activities,” said Mr Ask.

The MoU will be in effect until 31 December 2023, with both parties seeking to jointly apply for funding support from their respective national space agencies, as well as the European Space Agency to develop and run projects of interest to the international space community as part of international outreach.

Video Credit: ICNS.