The centrepiece of UNSW Canberra Space is Australia’s first space mission concurrent engineering design facility. Fitted with 16 workstations and purpose-built engineering software, the ANCDF accelerates and improves mission design by enabling each member of the team, together with the customer or end user, to contribute their part to the project in parallel, significantly speeding up the design process. This allows engineers and scientists to rapidly determine the technical and economic viability of proposed space missions, not just for our team but for the Australian space sector.
The ANCDF was developed based on firsthand experience in similar facilities in the European space industry. Designed to specifically support the Australian space sector, the ANCDF puts an emphasis on customer integration, with implementation cost and schedule forming an integral part of the technical design.
The world-class facility is jointly funded by UNSW Canberra and the ACT Government and supported through a partnership with the French Space Agency, CNES, whose concurrent engineering software suite forms the basis of our capability.
"I think both the ANCDF and the Bureau learnt a great deal from this Pre-Phase A Mission Study. I hope the report will benefit future […] mission studies and look forward to it being published online very soon."
Helen Beggs, SAR study, Bureau of Meteorology
"Your team is very impressive. If you can continue to build their experience, you will have a great reputation, I am sure."
Fiona Smith, Microwave Sounder Mission study, Bureau of Meteorology
"I'm really impressed with the quality of the discussions at the ANCDF this week, you've assembled a great team!"
Agnes Lane, Satellite Earth Observations Planning and Coordination, Bureau of Meteorology
"A belated thank you for an energising week in the ANCDF. […] The week certainly highlighted the critical aspects of the mission and what some of the key challenges of the mission going forward will be."
Caroline Poulsen, Lightning Detector study, Bureau of Meteorology
“Throughout the week, I felt everything exceeded expectations. Everyone we interacted with was very competent, helpful and friendly.”
Anonymous survey respondent, Microwave Radiometer Study, University of Otago
“Very good hosting of us, very inviting and friendly. Great people with good insights and a very good learning experience. [...] The resulting report will be highly useful in getting funding for the next round.”
Harald Schwefel, Microwave Radiometer study, University of Otago
"It's very exciting to have this report out! It is a very valuable and informative document pivotal to moving ahead with this mission. Thanks to all the great work from your team on this ANCDF study."
Marta Yebra, OzFuel study, Australian National University
UNSW Canberra Space is making use of the ANCDF's unique features to enhance its teaching at multiple levels:
Concurrent engineering is well established in the space industry. However, there are still research areas to be explored. With the ANCDF, UNSW Canberra Space is looking to perform research in the following areas:
|1||AYAA||Space mission design experience||UG student activity|
|2||Internal||Tutorial and M2 exercise||Team training|
|3||Space Squad||Space mission design experience||STEM outreach activity|
|4||YoWIE||Space mission design experience||STEM outreach activity|
|5||YoWIE||Space mission design experience||STEM outreach activity|
|6||Internal||Lamanon mission concept study|
|7||ANU InSpace||Optical Ground Station Network|
|8||Office of National Intelligence||NICSAT mission concept study|
|9||University of Auckland||Radar Nanosatellite mission feasibility study||Article|
|10||CSIRO, SmartSat CRC||AquaWatch Phase 0 - mission architecture||Article|
|11||Trillium Australia||Bushfire command and control system||Non-space topic|
|12||Geoscience Australia, Australian Space Agency, CSIRO||Satellite Cross-Calibration Radiometer (SCR) study||
|13||Bureau of Meteorology||Meteorological Instruments||Report | Article|
|14||CSIRO, SmartSat CRC||AquaWatch Phase 0 - mission architecture (part 2)||Report | Article|
|15||ANU inSpace, SmartSat CRC||OzFuel Phase A Study Report:
Space-based Australian Forest Fuel Flammability Monitoring