Professional training

The Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) at Mt Stromlo Observatory will, from time to time, offer courses to engineers, technicians and academic staff.

Space short course: Understanding Satellite Utilisation - Serving Australia from Space

The space industry delivers essential services, solves technological challenges, and inspires people to explore. The Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC), at the Mt Stromlo Observatory, has partnered with CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, IP Australia, the Space Co-ordination Office, Engineers Australia and Aerospace Concepts to offer a one-week short course exploring Australia’s use of satellite systems and space-derived data.

Students will work with experts from the partners, to explore the question: “Are we meeting Australia’s current and future needs?”

The program will use Tropical Cyclone Yasi as the context to explore how we use satellite services and space-derived data. It will consider all aspects of the space industry with emphasis on Australia’s needs. Experts will use case studies to help students develop an understanding of the technical, scientific, legal, economic and infrastructure needs of the industry.

The skills developed in this short course have broader application. Students will be exposed to the future needs of industry and government. They will explore Intellectual Property (IP), regulation and commercialisation. They will work with experts to analyse information and synthesise a response.   

The course is appropriate for any 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students, or postgraduate students, with an interest in the space industry or space-related research. The course does not assume any prior knowledge.

The course provides an introduction to the following topics with emphasis on the Australian context:

  • Satellite systems, ground stations and launch vehicles
  • Satellite applications
  • Policy, regulation and international relations
  • Research, commercialisation and IP management

The course will use case studies to explore the inter-relationship between the topics and help students build a deeper understanding.

With access to the experts, and resource material provided by the supporting organisations, students will work in groups to explore the question “Are we meeting Australia’s current and future needs?” They will present their findings in an open forum on the final day.

Course dates: 19 – 24 January 2014

Location: Mount Stromlo Observatory

Workshop hours: 11:00am-1:30pm Sun; 9:00am-5:00pm Mon-Fri

Cost: FREE (meals and materials incl)

Number of participants: Max 20* (first in accepted)

* This pilot program is funded by an ANU Learning and Teaching Grant. The 2014 course is limited to ANU students. Future courses will be open to all Australian students.

Transport is the responsibility of the student. Students should bring their own laptop. A small number of laptops are available for loan.

To apply: please submit your CV and a one-page statement detailing your relevant skills and why you want to participate in the course to aitc@mso.anu.edu.au. This information will be used to understand the needs of the participants and select the groups.

Sunday 19th Jan

11:00-11:30

Registration

11:30-12:30

Tour Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre

12:30-1:30

BBQ lunch

Monday 20th Jan

9:00-9:30

Disaster case study briefing

9:30-10:30

Overview of satellite systems including:

  • The space environment
  • Satellite systems, ground stations, types of instruments
  • Types of orbits and the impliactions for resolution, frequency of sampling, swath width.
  • Launch vehicles

10:30-11:00

Morning tea

11:00-12:00

Satellite Communications

12:00-1:00

Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT)

1:00-2:00

Lunch

2:00-3:00

Earth Observation

3:00-5:00

Workshop

  • How are satellite communications, PNT and Earth Observation used in disaster response?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the current systems?

Tuesday 21st Jan

9:00-9:30

Economic overview of the space industry

9:30-10:30

Commercialisation and IP Management

10:30-11:00

Morning tea

11:00-1:00

Policy and regulation

1:00-2:00

Lunch

2:00-5:00

Workshop

  • How are policies and regulation applied in natural disasters?
  • Is the current policy and regulation framework serving Australian needs?
  • How can we both serve Australia’s needs for access to public good services and realise commercial opportunities?

Wednesday 22nd Jan

9:00-9:30

Detailed project briefing and group allocation

9:30-10:30

Overview of current space services in Australia

  • Government services dependant on space services
  • Government infrastructure plans under development

10:30-11:00

Morning tea

11:00-12:30

Disaster case study

  • Responsibilities of Government agencies
  • Data sources
  • Disaster Charter
  • Mechanisms for information discemination
  • Economic cost and opportunities
  • Importance of pre-disaster preparation and the role of satellite services in post-disaster recovery
  • Cyclone Yasi – did the system work? Did we have all the services and information we needed? What could be done better?

12:30-1:00

How are you going to assess if we are meeting Australia’s needs? Groups agree on the metrics they will use.

1:00-2:00

Lunch

2:00-4:30

Group discussion – experts available for consultation

4:30-5:00

Presentation skills

Thursday 23rd Jan

9:00-1:00

Group discussion. Experts available for consultation

1:00-2:00

Lunch

2:00-2:30

Group status report

2:30-5:00

Group discussion. Experts available for consultation

Friday 24th Jan

9:00-12:00

Presentation of final projects session 1

  • Space Short Course participants
  • AITC Summer Interns
  • RSAA Summer Scholars

12:00-1:00

Lunch

1:00-4:00

Presentation of final projects session 2

  • Space Short Course participants
  • AITC Summer Interns
  • RSAA Summer Scholars

4:00-5:00

Presentation of certificates and networking

 

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