24 Apr 2024
Research Update

Research projects across portfolio achieving new milestones

24 Apr 2024

We are thrilled to share just some of the latest developments and initiatives underway advancing cutting-edge research and fostering impactful collaborations. Here’s a glimpse into some of recent endeavours:

Onboard AI Projects: Advancing Algorithm Integration for Kanyini Flight Model

The Kanyini flight model has been meticulously prepared and shipped to the US for launch. With this milestone achieved, our focus has shifted towards the integration of algorithms developed through a suite of SmartSat onboard AI projects.

The Kanyini satellite

We are excited to welcome Andrew Du, who will be dedicated to setting up infrastructure for validation and testing. Andrew is a PhD student in Computer Science at the Australian Institute for Machine Learning. His research interests lie in 3D reconstruction, federated learning, active learning, domain adaptation, formal verification of neural networks, adversarial attacks on machine learning systems, and defenses against such attacks.

Discussions are also underway for our first international collaboration in this domain, with Phi Labs. Find out more about Project P4.17 Kanyini: SA Space Services Mission here.

Involvement in AquaWatch Initiative

SmartSat will play a role in the recently unveiled bilateral AquaWatch initiative. Supported by the UK Space Agency’s International Bilateral Fund, with co-funding from the Australian Space Agency, this initiative aims to address critical environmental challenges.

CSIRO’s HydraSpectra sensor installed at the AquaWatch test site in Plymouth, UK. © Dr Gavin Tilstone, Plymouth Marine Laboratories

Initially, SmartSat will contribute by supporting mission design elements, paving the way for impactful outcomes. Find out more about the project here.

Integrated Tactical Communications (ITC) Progress

The Integrated Tactical Communications (ITC) project has reached a significant milestone with a successful project participant close-out meeting.

This project is refining designs of the tactical communications waveform and initiate research into algorithms that optimise coverage and capacity of heterogeneous/hybrid satellite constellations including an initial demonstration implemented in software.

Moving forward, discussions are underway regarding options to advance the technology developed in this project and its precursor, On-board Processing (OBP) for Advanced Tactical Communications. Plans are in motion for a specialised demonstration to showcase project outputs to Defence stakeholders.

Find out more about Project P1.30 Integrated Tactical Communications here.