The New Zealand space industry is taking off in a massive way, but to be the brightest star in the NZ$647 billion global space economy we need skilled workers. Te Pūnaha Ātea – Space Institute, at the University of Auckland is helping to address that need by offering courses that will shape New Zealand’s next generation of space scientists and engineers.
Te Pūnaha Ātea – Auckland Space Institute, a multidisciplinary centre of expertise in space science and engineering at the University of Auckland, has been chosen as the permanent host of the New Zealand based Mission Operations Control Centre (MOCC) for the MethaneSAT mission.
New Zealand’s first satellite designed and built by university students is about to be launched into space via Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle.
University of Auckland students conceived, designed and built the satellite which they have named Te Waka Āmiorangi o Aotearoa (the New Zealand satellite vessel) APSS-1. It will be lofted to sun-synchronous orbit at 500 km altitude as one of 30 satellites aboard Rocket Lab’s 16th Electron launch this month. The launch will take place from Rocket Lab’s launch site on the Māhia Peninsula.
PhD student Darcey Graham presents “Low Thrust transfers to Interplanetary Trajectories” at AAS/AIAA 2020 Specialist Conference
Darcey is leading Te Pūnaha Ātea’s research on interplanetary trajectory optimization, and as part of this work has obtained an Earth-Venus trajectory, optimized assuming a low delta-v thrust system. Watch Darcey’s presentation...
Te Pūnaha Ātea researcher leads collaboration with NASA, Air New Zealand and MBIE to collect climate data from aircraft
NASA is partnering with the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand Space Agency, Air New Zealand and the University of Auckland to install next-generation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) reflectometry receivers on...
Read more about "Science in Space" and the role of the University of Auckland's Space Institute: Te Pūnaha Ātea in the 2019 edition of InSCIght...
Professor Guglielmo Aglietti has joined the Faculty of Engineering as the inaugural director of Te Pūnaha Ātea – Space Institute.
Te Pūnaha Ātea – Space Institute Aerospace engineer Dr. John Cater was recently interviewed by Newstalk ZB about New Zealand’s growing space industry. You can listen to the full interview here.