MEDIA ALERT: ANU-German space partnership takes off

Friday, September 29, 2017 — Days after the Government announced a new Australian Space Agency, The Australian National University (ANU) is taking things up a notch by signing a new agreement with the German space agency and space Centre DLR (Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft Raumfahrt).

The MOU between ANU and DLR will be signed at ANU on Friday. Media are invited to attend.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC said the collaboration between ANU and a leading international space agency would help boost the role of ANU and Australia’s space industries internationally.

“The collaboration positions the University as a leading institution at the forefront of Australia’s development of space technology and research,” he said.

“We are already collaborating closely with many researchers based in Germany and I hope this MOU will open up new opportunities to make a positive impact through research and development.”

The potential cooperation opportunities in space related fields include:

  • Physics and engineering research using the ANU Advanced Instrumentation Technology Centre (AITC) space test facilities;
  • Development of compact, inexpensive hyperspectral imaging payloads;
  • Research and development for the next generation of fast, low-noise infrared detectors;
  • Lightweight/low cost strategies for 2metre + class optical and infra-red telescopes;
  • Adaptive optics and guidestar lasers;
  • Free space optical communications;
  • Satellite tracking and imaging and space debris tracking and deflection; and
  • Personnel exchanges.


WHO: ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC, Director of the ANU Advanced Instrumentation Technology Centre Professor Anna Moore, Chair of the DLR Executive Board for Space Research and Technology Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund.

WHAT: ANU and DLR (Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft Raumfahrt) German Aerospace Centre to sign a space development memorandum of understanding

WHERE: Vice-Chancellor’s Conference Room, Chancelry, Building 10.

WHEN: 1.30pm, Friday 29 September

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