This unit of study aims to provide students with an understanding of the different types of end-user Australian space applications such as research, communications and defence and recognize the importance of collaboration at the domestic and international level.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Identify key stakeholders within the Australian space industry ecosystem and relationships between those key stakeholders
  • Discuss and debate current opportunities within national and international space industries for entrepreneurs and researchers
  • Apply knowledge of the space industry ecosystem to a relevant context
  • Describe the space environment within our solar system and the fundamental principles which affect the design of space systems
  • Appraise the types of space applications which are essential for modern society, their operation and use

Teaching methods

Hawthorn Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Live Online
1.00 12 weeks 12
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
11.50 12 weeks 138


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Online DiscussionIndividual 20 - 30% 1,3,5 
Online QuizIndividual 20 - 30% 4,5 
PortfolioIndividual 50 - 60% 1,2,3,4 


  • This course presents foundational concepts and terminology in space science, rocket science and astronomy and describes how Australian Space Activities are organized and managed
  • Overview of the space environment including Key terms and definitions to operate effectively within space industries
  • International space agencies, management of operations, space exploration and budgets
  • Global & Australian Space Economy
  • Overview of the Australian Space Agency, current research and capabilities
  • Legislative and regulatory frameworks and institutions that govern space industries, both domestically and internationally
  • Identification of opportunities in Australian Space Industry,  overview of  government roadmap, and opportunities
  • Industry engagement and investment in space
  • Explore the business opportunities now and in the future
  • provide an overview of Space Applications & space environment basic principles
  • Extended outline of space related terms including but not limited to the solar system, orbital environment, safety and sustainability in space operations
  • Tools of ground-based observations of space, especially optical, radio and radar astronomy
  • discussing gravity, basic principles of spacecraft design, and rocketry
  • investigate practicalities of space missions – fuelling interplanetary travel
  • Use of imaging and remote sensing technology

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.