The equipment needed to make precise astronomical observations is very specialised and, as a result, much of it is specifically designed for individual applications. RSAA has a long history of technical research and development, and is equipped with specialised engineering facilities for astronomical instrumentation. These include a mechanical engineering design office and sophisticated mechanical workshop, an electronic design and manufacturing group, optics design and manufacturing laboratories, and a software group that develops and implements control systems for telescopes, instruments, and data processing.
This tradition of expertise and development of advanced instrumentation has culminated in the Advanced Instrumentation Technology Centre (AITC), a world-class facility for developing and testing astronomical instrumentation, small satellites, and space payloads.
Current instrumentation projects
Advanced Instrumentation Technology Centre
The Advanced Instrumentation Technology Centre (AITC) provides design, manufacturing and testing capabilities for precision instruments and opportunities for student participation in technical projects at RSAA. It is also home to a research and development program focussing on the next generation of large optical telescopes.