In summary

  • Swinburne has launched a new Space Technology co-major
  • It will be available to students in Semester 1, 2021

Swinburne is celebrating World Space Week with the launch of our new Space Technology co-major.

The co-major is open to all undergraduate students and offers insights into the exciting and rapidly growing Australian space science industry, covering:

  • space technologies
  • space and microgravity science
  • space environment
  • data and visualisations
  • space entrepreneurship
  • space policy, law and economics.

"We are excited to be launching a co-major that will allow students to study space no matter their discipline,” says Dean of Science, Professor Virginia Kilborn.

Students will collaborate on real-world projects with local and international industry partners while liaising with global leaders in space science and technology.

"This co-major was designed with industry and students will get the real-world experience they need to be part of the space sector," says Swinburne Space Office Project Coordinator Dr Rebecca Allen.

The co-major is open for enrolment in Semester 1, 2021.

Last week, the Australian Government identified the space industry as one of six national manufacturing priorities. The industry is forecast to reach $1 trillion globally by 2040 and offers excellent career path opportunities.

“Space technology is integrated into every aspect of modern life in Australia. From the GPS on your phone to weather forecasting and bushfire monitoring and disaster management, satellite technology in particular helps us navigate our lives,” co-ordinator of the Space Technology co-major, Kim Ellis Hayes, says.

Study Space Science and Technology at Swinburne

Australian Space Industry Panel

For a look into this thriving industry, join Professor Kilborn, Professor Geoffrey Brooks, Dr Allen and Space Industries' Joshua Letcher for an Australian Space Industry Panel on Thursday 8 October from 12.00 to 1.00pm.

“The panellists will discuss Australia's future in space and how you can use your studies at Swinburne to prepare for a career in this exciting sector,” says Dr Allen.

Hosted by the Swinburne Aerospace and Space Society, this event will cover everything from the space tech co-major to mining in space to future space missions. 

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