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DST Group’s Buccaneer Small Satellite

DST Group is undertaking research into small satellites including the development of the Buccaneer CubeSat. This mission is being progressed by DST in partnership with the University of NSW Canberra, and will launch in 2017.


Developed and built in only 11 months by the Weapons Research Establishment (WRE) Salisbury, now DST Group Edinburgh, the Australian satellite ‘WRESAT’ was launched from Woomera on 29 November 1967 and was a co-operative effort between Australia, the US and UK. Australia became the third country in the world behind the US and USSR to build and launch its own satellite.

CSIRO and space

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s national science agency and innovation catalyst. We deliver positive impact from science and technology including radio astronomy and space, aerospace, sensors, satellites, Earth observation, big data, robotics and 3D printing. We partner with industry and universities to deliver breakthrough innovations for Australia and the world. We manage large and complex facilities for radio astronomy and spacecraft tracking, such as NASA’s Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. We designed ASKAP, the world’s most powerful radio survey telescope, and are key partners in the international SKA project which is building the world’s largest telescope. For more information on our activities visit or contact​

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