New galaxy survey to precisely measure the expanding Universe

ANU will play a major role in the Taipan galaxy survey, which will for the first time measure the current expansion rate of the Universe with one per cent pr

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ANU appoints new Director for Siding Spring Observatory

The Australian National University (ANU) has appointed astronomer Dr Chris Lidman as the first Director of the ANU Siding Spring Observatory.

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Indigenous Astronomy Workshop

The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) partnered with start-up company Cuberider to deliver an Indigenous- focused daylong Astronomy for re

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Indigenous Astronomy Workshop

ANU Hidden Gems – a relic from war times

As everyone knows, Mount Stromlo Observatory (and its history) is intrinsically linked to the stars and many people hold it in a fond place among Canberra's

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GMT’S first giant mirror segment starts journey south

The first of seven 27-foot mirrors that together assemble into the world’s largest telescope, the Giant Magellan Telescope, has left the Richard F.

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ANU to lead new project to enhance technology for drones and small satellites

The Australian National University (ANU) will lead a new project announced by the federal government to enhance Australia's defence capability by building in

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New ANU agreement to strengthen Australian space industry

The ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) will reinforce its position at the centre of the national space industry with a new agreement wi

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Inside the ANU Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre at Mt Stromlo Observatory. Image: Stuart Hay, ANU.

GMTIFS: Designing an instrument at RSAA

A first-light instrument for the GMT is being developed at the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) at the 

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Dr. James Gilbert (left) and Ian Price (right) with the deformable mirror test bench.

Our Capabilities

Pre-Launch Satellite Testing

The AITC is the only facility in Australia that enables end-to-end engineering from initial design to the launch pad.


Astronomical Instrumentation

We have outstanding technical capabilities in optics, mechanical and software controls, and data collection and analysis. Through international collaborations, we have acquired decades of experience in designing, building and using astronomical instruments. For example, with organisations from the USA, Brazil, Korea and Chile, we are part of the consortium constructing the $1billion Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT).


Space Research and Development

Leading experts, specialist environments, precision manufacturing and rigorous testing make the AITC ideal for production of spacecraft and instruments. Our capabilities encompass satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles, high-altitude balloons and platform stations, and experiments for the international space station.


Laser Communications

With leading expertise and facilities for precision manufacturing and rigorous testing, we specialise in high-performance laser communications for challenging environments.


Adaptive Optics

We are the only Australian experts in adaptive optics (AO). We specialise in AO for advanced astronomical instruments, tracking of satellites and space debris, and high-performance laser communications.


Our People


AITC Contact Information

Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre

ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Mount Stromlo Obervatory
Weston ACT 2611

T +61 2 6125 0230




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