The Space Instrumentation Engineering Group enables researchers to unlock crucial insights into the world around us – from studying the effects of climate change to monitoring disasters to gaining a better understanding of the composition of the earth beneath our feet.

Lead by Professor Peter Moar and working closely with international organisations such as the German Aerospace Center, this group is focused on the nuts-and-bolts ‘how’ of space instrumentation engineering.

Our research areas

  • Digital Design – The continuous drive for innovation in earth sensing instruments has led to a vast increase in complexity in digital design, and the unique demands of space require high-reliability with low power usage. This group works to continuously improve efficiency and reliability of digital design, as well as to find new processes for managing complexity.
  • Data Transmission – As camera resolution and data sets continue to increase in size, the transmission bottleneck between Low Earth Orbit and ground stations increasingly becomes an issue. Finding better ways of identifying important data whilst it’s still in orbit, as well as more efficient ways of transmitting data, is of crucial concern in next-gen earth observation devices.   
  • Testing and Verification – Rigorous testing is crucial for the success of any space mission. It’s also very time consuming. As public and industry demand for shorter time to launch increases, we must find new, innovative methods for faster and more automated testing and calibration without any sacrifice to safety and reliability. 
Image credit: German Aerospace Centre / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) - CC-BY 3.0

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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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