ANU has proudly announced that Kim Il Carr (the Innovation Minister) has launched the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre on Mt Stromlo.
The new one of a kind facility, funded under the Education Investment Fund program, will initially support development of the international, billion-dollar Giant Magellan Telescope and a number of Australian Space Research Program projects. The Australian projects include supplying broadband Internet access to research teams in Antarctica; taking gravity field measurements for water management across Australia and monitoring the movement of dangerous space debris.
Director of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Mt Stromlo, Professor Harvey Butcher, said that the goal is to make the AITC a national centre for university, government and industry collaboration.
“This new building aims to provide a one stop shop to develop and test small satellites for remote sensing and telecommunications, as well as instruments for astronomy and astrophysics.
“The assembly of such precision equipment requires high quality clean rooms, vacuum chambers, test benches and a vibration table designed to test the dynamical behaviour of instrumentation, for example such as occurs during launching into orbit,” said Professor Butcher.