The Defence Technology Agency recently supported the University of Auckland to secure funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Catalyst Strategic Space funding round. The University of Auckland received NZD0.5M for “Space Satellite Mission Design and Control”.
The Space Satellite Mission Design and Control project will inject expertise into the New Zealand capacity to design satellite missions. This state-of-the-art procedure brings all users, funders, scientists, engineers and mission control operatives together in one place at one time to design the mission to meet the goals and requirements of all stakeholders.
Over the years, DTA has helped connect the University of Auckland Space Institute and the Auckland Programme for Space Systems (APSS) with people in Australia and the United States who have relevant expertise in the areas of CubeSat development and Synthetic Aperture Radar.
DTA is also assisting APSS by providing access to DTA's ground station to track, monitor, and control their CubeSats.
DTA collaborates with local and international groups to help build New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) knowledge and develop the Space Community in New Zealand.