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July 16th, 2014
Australia Completes Space Engineering Facility

The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, Minister for Industry, officially opened the Centre, which is located at Mt Stromlo Observatory.

“These facilities are on par with the best in the world,” said ANU Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian Young.

“The completion of the AITC positions Australia at the forefront of astronomical instrumentation development.”

The AITC has the only facilities in Australia that enable the engineering of equipment right from the design stage through to being launch-pad ready.

Mount Stromlo Director Professor Matthew Colless said the new Centre will provide a hub for Australia’s space industry.

“Australia has many small to medium enterprises in the space industryWe want to enable them to get together to take on larger projects” he said.

Since the launch of Stage One of the Centre in 2006, the AITC has been the base for major collaborations between institutions across the world. The ANU is leading Australia’s participation in the Giant Magellan Telescope and is involved with development of a spacecraft plasma thruster system. It is also supporting a satellite laser ranging system for NASA, with industry partner EOS.

The event concluded with Professor Colless presenting Minister Macfarlane with a 3D printed model of the Giant Magellan Telescope.