CubeSat to Lift Veil on our Environment's Extremes

CubeSat to Lift Veil on our Environment's Extremes

Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, announced (5 December 2018) that it would be extending its Earth observation capabilities by acquiring Australia's first CubeSat designed to detect invisible infrared light.

To be known as CSIROSat-1, the new satellite will allow researchers from CSIRO and other institutions to ‘see' features that can't otherwise be seen using satellite imagery in the visible spectrum.

Although the satellite is a pilot and relatively small, the data collected will be valuable for detecting land cover changes such as flooding events or deforestation, detecting bushfires through smoke, and studying cloud formation and the development of tropical cyclones, as well as many other applications.

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Have your say on the draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement

The Australian Space Agency wants to hear your views on proposed cost recovery charges for approvals under updated regulatory arrangements which will commence on or before 31 August 2019.

The consultation seeks comments on:

  • initial estimates of demand for approvals

  • how estimated costs compare to other costs for space-related projects

  • any potential impacts from setting the fee amounts

  • the impact a decision on a full or partial cost recovery model would have on your business or projects

This feedback will support the Government’s consideration on an appropriate charging model.

Read the draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) and provide feedback.

Submissions due by 13 December 2018

Australian Space Agency contact details:
phone: +61 2 6276 1166

Opportunity to highlight Australian capabilities and ideas - the future of Landsat

The Landsat series of satellites have provided 40 years of imagery of the Australian continent, and have been a critical input to our use of Earth observation data.  EOA has provided input previously on requirements for future Landsat missions.
NASA and the USGS are currently examining technical options to deliver the future Landsat program, ensuring it is cost effective while satisfying requirements.  A request for information has been released, and is open for input from the international community until the end of the month.  NASA and USGS are clear that they wish to hear about all options - including very different technical approaches - in this process.
From the perspective of the Australian Government, it is important that perspectives from Australian companies and our research community are fed into this request for information process.  The Australian Government is working with USGS and NASA to see how Australia might support/participate in future Landsat missions, building on an already strong relations in the ground segment.

For full details and to submit your feedback please follow the link to the Request for Information.

Submissions due by 30 November 2018,
17:00 Eastern Time (ET)