Swinburne’s Space Technology and Industry Institute combines internationally competitive capabilities in astrophysics, aerospace, aviation, advanced manufacturing and artificial intelligence to tackle challenges at the forefront of human understanding and imagination.

The new institute will propel innovation and economic growth in a global sector projected to be worth $1 trillion by 2040. It fosters education at every level, from vocational training to PhD.

Our research

The Space Technology and Industry Institute collaborates with future-focussed industry partners to identify needs, design solutions and develop technologies in a range of fields central to the space sector.

Our people

Our team comprises experts in aerospace technology, and next-generation design and manufacturing.

Space science and technology courses

School-leavers, current students and professionals can all find courses to propel them into the next generation of space technology innovators. Explore our range of courses today.

  • Space Technology

    When you study space technology at Swinburne, you'll explore the most exciting topics in space science, such as: microgravity science, space environment, and space entrepreneurship.

  • Micro-credentials

    Industry relevant, six-week, micro-credential courses synthesising critical elements of the global space industry ecosystem to support growth of the space workforce.

  • Youth Space Innovation Challenge

    Secondary students can design and lead an experiment that blasts off to the International Space Station each year through the Swinburne Youth Space Innovation Challenge.

Work with us

We have a talented group of scientists and engineers with a broad range of expertise across space technology – we can work with you to drive innovation and help solve your complex problems.

  • Get in touch

    Tell us your challenges, ideas or big questions, and we’ll work with you to share our expertise. Call us on +61 3 9214 5177 or email spaceinstitute@swinburne.edu.au.

  • Come together

    Relevant experts from our team will work with you to create ideas and identify possible solutions to the challenges we are facing.

  • Resource

    If the project needs funding, that is something we can tackle together with various opportunities to explore.

  • Find the solutions

    We design and implement a research project to address the issues at hand and deliver innovative, achievable solutions.


The Space Technology and Industry Institute can connect you to the innovative work of Swinburne’s internationally renowned Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing as well as the three Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence that Swinburne is a part of:

Lunacy - 3MT Asia-Pacific Finalist

Congratulations Matthew Shaw, a PhD candidate in the Space Institute whose presentation on the production of metal on the Moon took home both the first place prize and the peoples’ choice award this year in the university competition. Matthew and his presentation ‘Lunacy’ go on to compete in the 2021 Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT Final against 7 other finalists from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. 

Matthew Shaw (3MT 2021 Competition)
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The 3MT competition challenges PhD candidates to present their thesis in an engaging way to a lay audience in three minutes or less. It takes competitors months to hone their scripts and practice the speech to make sure that it is engaging and informative. Presenters this year spanned many areas of research including engineering in neuroscience, shorebird mapping, movement motivation, archaeology, and many more. All the finalists’ presentations are available to watch on the Swinburne Commons.

Our latest news

    • Astronomy
    • Technology
    • Sustainability

    Swinburne start-up receives $1.5m investment to help make mining environmentally safer

    Swinburne start-up mDetect has received a $1.5 million investment from the Federal Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Commercialisation Fund to fast-track production of its hazardous waste early warning system. 

    Thursday 07 October 2021
    • Astronomy
    • Film and television

    Soundtrack your day with these (inter)stellar space songs

    From Dr Who to Mr Spock, Swinburne’s Dr Dan Golding has produced a space-themed soundtrack to inspire you to greater heights.

    Friday 01 October 2021
    • Astronomy

    Galaxies at the beginning of time invisible due to cosmic air pollution

    Scientists have discovered two completely hidden galaxies that formed when the Universe was only five per cent of its present age.

    Thursday 23 September 2021
  • Rebecca Allen
    • Astronomy

    Swinburne’s Dr Rebecca Allen wins Young Tall Poppy Science Award

    Swinburne astronomer Dr Rebecca Allen has been recognised as an outstanding young scientific researcher and communicator with a prestigious Young Tall Poppy Science award.

    Friday 17 September 2021
    • Astronomy

    Tall poppies growing to orbit

    Australia’s space industry is well and truly off the ground. It’s reaching for the sky. But it’s not there yet. Co-written for Cosmos Weekly Taster by Professor Alan Duffy, Swinburne University of Technology and Rebecca Shrimpton, Defence, Space and Infrastructure at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade).

    Thursday 16 September 2021

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Contact the Space Technology and Industry Institute

If your organisation would like to collaborate with us to solve a complex problem, or you simply want to contact our team, get in touch by calling +61 3 9214 5177 or emailing spaceinstitute@swinburne.edu.au.

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