ACSER’s work is in three areas relevant to space: satellite navigation, small spacecraft design, and space resources. With Australia’s space industry growing rapidly, experience in actual space projects will assist graduates seeking those highly competitive roles. We have already seen our interns placed in senior space positions around the globe.

VIP ChallENG research goals

Elevate UNSW's Space Endeavours: Participate in research that could include mission design or payload systems.

Prepare Graduates for Global Leadership: Provide hands-on experience in space projects, enabling graduates to secure competitive roles within the rapidly growing space sector.

Excel on the International Stage: Students will participate and win (hopefully!) international space competitions.

Research, design & technical issues

Research areas:

Space resources is likely to be the most productive but any space project will be considered.

Research, design & technical issues:

Varied, depending on competition. E.g. Rover type competitions will require fault-tolerant design of hardware and software.

ChallENG Area

Vertically Integrated Projects

United Nations Development Goals

Affordable and Clean Energy: SDG7

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: SDG9


✔ 6 UoC per course 


Professional Development

•    Teamwork
•    Leadership
•    Design
•    Communication
•    Integrity
•    Innovation and excellence
•    Diversity
•    Respect
•    Resilience

Engineering skills:

Electrical/Mechanical/Computing/Mining design

Build and test.

Specific skills will vary on a year-to-year basis, depending on the selected competitions.

Team Academic Lead

Andrew Dempster

School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications