Original Published Date: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Full release issued by the ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs & Their Applications.

University of Sydney Engineering and science students, Joshua Critchley-Marrows, Dominic Albertson, Julian Guinane, Benjamin Jarvis and Matthew Suntup, have won the university's Research Innovation Prize at the 2020 Student Innovation Challenge, which encourages students to present their innovative solutions to real-world problems. 

Their project, CROSS (Calculated Reference Of Stellar System), is a new-generation star tracker system for use in small-satellites being developed within The University of Sydney's School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering in collaboration with the ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs & Their Applications (CUAVA).

Star trackers measure a satellite’s precise orientation in space, which enables the satellite to accurately perform complex tasks such as communication and imaging. An Australian-made and Australian-owned space system capability built to serve the emerging Australian space sector, CROSS is a high-precision attitude determination device used in satellite pointing systems. 

CUAVA is funded by the ARC and is working with Industry Partners to train the next generation of workers in advanced manufacturing, commercial space, and Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) applications. In doing so CUAVA will develop new instruments and technology to solve crucial problems, and develop a world-class Australian industry in CubeSats, UAVs, and related products.

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