Te Pūnaha Ātea – Space Institute has a range of facilities to support the end-to-end development of space hardware from concept to launch, and in-orbit operations.

Our facilities are used for our internal R&D, to support educational activities, and are also available to support external customers.

The capabilities needed for successful space missions can also be applied to other sectors, e.g. aeronautics, automotive or marine industry where a harsh vibration operation environment is a concern. We would be happy to discuss your requirements and use of our facilities to help or host some of your activities, including performing bespoke analysis and tests. For more details contact us at space@auckland.ac.nz

Fabrication and Assembly

Our Prototype fabrication, assembly and integration facility includes a 40m2  ISO Class 7 clean room, to develop and functionally test new space hardware.

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3 DOF shaker. Credit: Dongling Technologies

National Satellite Test Facility

Environmental test facilities for vibration testing, thermal vacuum, mechanical shocks and other equipment for hardware mechanical testing (troubleshooting, qualification and acceptance).

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Te Pūnaha Ātea - Space Institute's new Mission Operations Centre

Mission Operations Control Centre (MOCC)

In-orbit activities, including satellite Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TTC) and Mission Data Centre to host and disseminate received mission payload data. Our MOCC will also host ongoing operations of the MethaneSAT mission.

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Te Pūnaha Ātea - Space Institute's new Mission Operations Centre