What Makes Us Different?
Our hardware approach is inspired by tightly integrated electronics design in cutting edge consumer devices including mobile phones and laptops. These devices integrate all functionality onto a couple of electronics boards minimising the space taken up by connectors and interconnect between subsystems. The Binar Space Program uses this same approach to deliver more capable spacecraft in a smaller package.
Our spacecraft are produced using commodity electronics manufacturing techniques. Which are fast, reliable and scalable. As the critical subsystem integration is performed in the design phase, there is less time consuming, costly and error prone manual integration during the build phase lowering technical risk. The assembly processes we use are designed for mass manufacturing, so they are reliable, cost effective and well proven.
Space Mission Experience
SSTC’s staff are working on active NASA, ESA and JAXA missions including:
- NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to visit and return samples from asteroid 101955 Bennu
- JAXA’s Hayabusa2 mission to sample and visit 162173 Ryugu
- NASA’s InSight mission to study the Martian interior
- ESA and Roscosmos’s ExoMars astrobiology mission to Mars
- ESA/JAXA’s BepiColombo mission to study Mercury’s surface, composition and magnetosphere
Our long space science and engineering heritage also includes a number of concluded missions:
- NASA’s Stardust mission to sample comet Wild/2
- ESA’s Beagle 2 astrobiology mission to mars
- JAXA’s Hayabusa sample return mission to asteroid 25143 Itokawa
- NASA’s GRAIL mission to map variations in the lunar gravitational field
- ESA’s Solar Orbiter to study heliospheric physics
- ESA’s SWARM Mission to study Earth’s magnetic field in high resolution
- HXRS Solar Broad-Band Hard X-Ray Spectrometer to study the effects of solar flares
The Binar Space Program was born from the Space Science and Technology Centre’s desire to explore our solar system and the deficiencies we saw in existing small spacecraft platforms.
We have a proven track record of advancing our blue-sky scientific projects into commercial solutions, delivering value for Australian industry and defence. The automated observatories that power our FireOPAL space domain awareness partnership with Lockheed Martin Space (Australia) were adapted from our automated observatories built to track down space rocks for the Desert Fireball Network.
FireOPAL is already delivering space domain awareness data to Australian Defence and will support spacecraft operators to minimise risk and provide better operational intelligence.
As a vertically integrated centre, we have experience designing, building, deploying, operating and maintaining complex technical systems and extracting scientific and commercial value from their outputs.
Engagement and Impact
We want to help build a future where WA spacecraft are exploring the solar system, WA students are helping to the build them, and on graduating they can find jobs in a thriving WA space industry. With every launch of our technology platform in space – for science, for industry or for students – it provides the pathway to realise this vision.
Space science drives technology innovation that can be used to help solve problems on Earth for a better future. Teaming up with other industry partners, the Binar Space Program will enable access to space through our technology platform. This will promote the development of new home-grown innovations and advances building Australia’s place in the global space economy.
Binar Spacecraft are designed and built in Western Australia. In contrast to many other suppliers of small spacecraft, we design our own subsystems and electronics. This gives greater mission flexibility and a shorter supply chain for reduced risk, as our designs depend on standard electronic components available from multiple sources, not specialised low volume single-supply spacecraft subsystem vendors.
Breaking this dependency on specialised subsystem vendors offers a truly sovereign capability for Australia.
As the largest planetary science research group in the Southern hemisphere, the Space Science and Technology Centre is committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers and providing real-world opportunities for them to develop their expertise. To date 48 undergraduate students have been involved with our internship program working side by side with our scientists and engineers. In the future Binar will offer more opportunities for other students to get involved, with the possibility of flying their payloads in low earth orbit!