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.

November 14, 2020

 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

August 15, 2020

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 at:  





Te Pūnaha Ātea researcher leads collaboration with NASA, Air New Zealand and MBIE to collect climate data from aircraft

 Feb 25, 2020

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 passenger aircraft to collect environmental science data over New Zealand.



New professor  at Auckland wins major award for cleaning up space junk

Dec 2, 2019

Professor Guglielmo Aglietti has joined the Faculty of Engineering as the inaugural director of Te Pūnaha Ātea – Space Institute.


New Zealand’s space sector heading towards being a billion dollar industry

Dec 2, 2019

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.