CSIRO have several decades of experience in managing ground station infrastructure to support space projects through world recognised national and international collaborations. Some historical sites in Australia that are still in operation, and which have evolved over the years, include the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla and the Parkes radio-telescope. However, most recent engagements have included New Norcia in WA and satellite projects including NovaSAR and CSIROSat-1.

While the main focus of this event is to share CSIRO's national ground station capability to support space technology it is also being undertaken to highlight existing collaborations, and promote future ones, including those with other government agencies, universities and start-up ventures to help identify gaps and grow the space industry in Australia in accordance with CSIRO's Space Industry Roadmap - Click here to download CSIRO's Space Roadmap.

Please come along to hear key presentations and be engaged in exciting Q&A and discussions with some of the most highly experienced professionals in these sectors.


  • $50



Howard D'Costa

Event date: 20Jun 2019

Thursday 20 Jun 2019

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (Marsfield)

  • 8.45am - 5.00pm

Corner Vimiera & Pembroke Rd, Marsfield NSW

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CSIRO Ground Stations


Time Activity
08:15 Registration and Coffee
08:45 Conference Opening - Welcome to Country and CSIRO Forum Introduction
Dr Howard D'Costa
SKA Site & Infrastructure Team
Satellite Ground Station FSP project Lead
CSIROSat-1 Radiocommunications Lead
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS)
08:50 CSIRO's Satellite Ground Station FSP Project
Dr Howard D'Costa
09:10 The Australian Space Agency - Update
Aude Vignelles
Executive Director Program and Capability
Australian Space Agency
09:35 CSIRO - Tidbinbilla - Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex CDSCC
Dr Ed Kruzins
Director CSIRO NASA Operations & Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex (CDSCC) CASS, DNF&C
10:00 Bureau of Meteorology Ground Stations & ANGSTT Overview
Helen Fischer
a/ Manager, Marine, Atmospheric and Remote Sensing Operations (M,MARS)
Bureau of Meteorology, Data and Digital Group, Observing System and Operations, National Observing Operations
10:25 CSIRO and ESA's New Norcia Ground Station WA
Kevin Ferguson
Western Australia Observatory Operations Manager
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS)
10:50 Morning Tea
11:25 CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation - NovaSAR & Data Management
Dr Amy Parker
A/g Satellite Operations and Data Manager
CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation, CASS
11:50 DSTG's Buccaneer Mission
Natalie Stevens
Small Satellite Ground Segment Lead
National Security and ISR Division
Defence Science & Technology Group
12:15 Space Technology Start-ups
Inovor Technologies - Dr Matthew Tetlow, CEO, Inovor Technologies
HEO Robotics - Dr William Crowe, CEO, High Earth Orbit Robotics
12:45 Lunch
13:45 SmartSat CRC - Overview, Objectives and Funding
Peter Nikoloff
Chair - Industry Cluster
SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre
14:10 CSIRO Ground Stations - Oceans and Atmosphere
Dr Edward King
Group Leader - Oceans
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
14:35 Geoscience Australia Ground Stations & Operations
Vincent Rooke
Team Leader - Systems Engineering
Observatory Operations and Data
Observatories and Science Support Branch
Positioning and Community Safety Division
15:00 Afternoon Tea
15:30 ANU - Optical Wireless Communications in Australia
Dr Francis Bennet
ANU - InSpace Mission Lead (Laser Communications)
15:55 CSIRO's Space Roadmap and Future Directions of Australian Ground Stations
Open Panel Discussion - All speakers
17:00 Forum Close
Dr Howard D'Costa

Science areas: Space

Event type: Conference or seminar