Australia's hoping to take a share of the billion-dollar space industry with the launch of its first totally Australian-built satellites in 15 years, writes Andrew Dempster.


The dramatically changing water expanses in the Murray-Darling Basin have been mapped in unprecedented detail using Landsat satellite images from 1986 to 2011.

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UNSW space researchers will be able to improve technology that mitigates satellite navigation interference and make satellites cheaper, thanks to almost $600,000 in new federal funding.

The final space shuttle mission could mark the start of a new era of opportunity in space for Australia, says UNSW's Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research.

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Australia could have an early warning system that would let authorities predict flash floods and warn people in the path of danger, Associate Professor Linlin Ge says.

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Emergency authorities responding to devastating floods across central New South Wales have new tool at their disposal courtesy of UNSW satellite radar experts.

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Australia's space capabilities have received a significant boost with the opening of the country's first centre for satellite and space engineering.

UNSW researchers will develop satellite technologies that will allow flooding, bushfires and earthquakes to be monitored in real time under a $4.7 million federal grant.

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UNSW engineers who played a vital role in responding to the devastating May 12 earthquake in China received a personal thankyou from Chinese officials this week.

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UNSW's School of Surveying and Spatial Information Systems has signed a five-year deal to conduct training for China's key surveying and mapping authority - a sign of the growing reputation of UNSW's spatial information team.