Swinburne’s Space Technology and Industry Institute combines internationally competitive capabilities in astrophysics, aerospace, aviation, advanced manufacturing and artificial intelligence to tackle challenges at the forefront of human understanding and imagination.

The new institute will propel innovation and economic growth in a global sector projected to be worth $1 trillion by 2040. It fosters education at every level, from vocational training to PhD.

Our research

The Space Technology and Industry Institute collaborates with future-focussed industry partners to identify needs, design solutions and develop technologies in a range of fields central to the space sector.

PhD Scholarship in Lunar Based Casting Technologies

A fantastic opportunity exists to take part in a PhD Scholarship working with a leading US based Space Industrial company developing new technologies for post-processing extracted materials on the surface of the moon.

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Our people

Our team comprises experts in aerospace technology, and next-generation design and manufacturing.

Space science and technology courses

School-leavers, current students and professionals can all find courses to propel them into the next generation of space technology innovators. Explore our range of courses today.

  • Space Technology

    When you study space technology at Swinburne, you'll explore the most exciting topics in space science, such as: microgravity science, space environment, and space entrepreneurship.

  • Micro-credentials

    Industry relevant, six-week, micro-credential courses synthesising critical elements of the global space industry ecosystem to support growth of the space workforce.

  • Youth Space Innovation Challenge

    Secondary students can design and lead an experiment that blasts off to the International Space Station each year through the Swinburne Youth Space Innovation Challenge.

Work with us

We have a talented group of scientists and engineers with a broad range of expertise across space technology – we can work with you to drive innovation and help solve your complex problems.

  • Get in touch

    Tell us your challenges, ideas or big questions, and we’ll work with you to share our expertise. Call us on +61 3 9214 5177 or email spaceinstitute@swinburne.edu.au.

  • Come together

    Relevant experts from our team will work with you to create ideas and identify possible solutions to the challenges we are facing.

  • Resource

    If the project needs funding, that is something we can tackle together with various opportunities to explore.

  • Find the solutions

    We design and implement a research project to address the issues at hand and deliver innovative, achievable solutions.


The Space Technology and Industry Institute can connect you to the innovative work of Swinburne’s internationally renowned Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing as well as the three Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence that Swinburne is a part of:

Lunacy - 3MT Asia-Pacific WINNER

Congratulations Matthew Shaw, a PhD candidate in the Space Institute whose presentation on the production of metal on the Moon took home both the first place prize and the peoples’ choice award this year in the university competition. Matthew and his presentation ‘Lunacy’ went on to win at the 2021 Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT Final against 7 other finalists from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. Well done Matthew.

Matthew Shaw (3MT 2021 Competition)
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The 3MT competition challenges PhD candidates to present their thesis in an engaging way to a lay audience in three minutes or less. It takes competitors months to hone their scripts and practice the speech to make sure that it is engaging and informative. Presenters this year spanned many areas of research including engineering in neuroscience, shorebird mapping, movement motivation, archaeology, and many more. All the finalists’ presentations are available to watch on the Swinburne Commons.

Space junk

Professor Alan Duffy, astronomer and director of the Space Technology and Industry Institute discusses how Australia’s helping to fight the snowballing threat of space junk.

In a bid to avoid the Kessler Syndrome, a disastrous chain reaction of colliding debris in orbit, artificial intelligence (AI) will play a crucial role in determining a system of space safety.

Swinburne University and partners are engaging in a project called ‘Responsible AI in Space’, a collaboration between space scientists, law and policy experts, the space industry, government and practitioners in the emerging field of AI assurance.

Read the full article in The Age.

Our latest news

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    • Astronomy

    Underground lab plunges researchers into the dark (matter)

    Swinburne researchers unveil the first stage of the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory, located at the active Stawell Gold Mine in the Wimmera region of Victoria – to be used to shine a light on dark matter.

    Monday 22 August 2022
  • A space satellite orbiting the earth
    • Astronomy
    • Engineering
    • Business

    Swinburne launches $3m Space Tech hub with EY

    A new partnership between Swinburne’s Space Technology and Industry Institute and EY Australia will address major environmental and economic issues with leading space technology and talent.

    Monday 06 June 2022
    • Astronomy

    Cosmic telescope reveals inner workings of two proto-galaxies

    Using a unique new instrument and a little help from nature, Swinburne researchers have gotten the first in-depth view of the enormous gas clouds that serve as galactic nurseries.

    Thursday 19 May 2022
  • The earth from space - a blue base scattered with patches of white clouds
    • Astronomy
    • Trades

    Give me some space tradies

    There’s a lot of hype around space tradies. But what are they, exactly? And how do you become one? 

    Wednesday 16 February 2022
    • Astronomy
    • Technology
    • Science

    New supercomputer to herald next generation of discoveries

    Swinburne’s powerful new supercomputer will help unlock the mysteries of the human brain, the natural world and the universe beyond our planet.

    Tuesday 01 February 2022

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If your organisation would like to collaborate with us to solve a complex problem, or you simply want to contact our team, get in touch by calling +61 3 9214 5177 or emailing spaceinstitute@swinburne.edu.au.

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