The HENSOLDT optical telescope mounting plate has been unveiled at Greenhill Observatory north of Hobart.
The new mount signifies HENSOLDT’s continued collaboration with the University of Tasmania to further develop Australia’s space awareness capacity and build national capacity in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) by expanding infrastructure for support these careers.
The frame was unveiled by the Honorable Madeleine Ogilvie, Minister for Science and Technology. It was donated by HENSOLDT Australia to upgrade the 50cm Optical Telescope, which is part of a suite of space infrastructure owned and managed by the University of Tasmania.
This Australia-wide network includes six radio telescopes and radars capable of observing objects, satellites and space debris in near-Earth orbit and more distant objects, including tracking distant space missions and d asteroids.
The HENSOLDT mount allows for more flexible and faster movement of the telescope, thereby significantly supporting and improving the spatial tracking capabilities of the system.
Professor Simon Ellingsen, Dean of the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Tasmania, said the upgrade to the 50cm Optical Telescope provided an exciting opportunity to test and demonstrate a range of new approaches to raising awareness of spatial domain. “Combining data from different sensors is really the way of the future and will help us stay at the forefront of developments in this field.”
Scott Reeman, Managing Director of HENSOLDT Australia, said the optical mount system would further enhance Australia’s space awareness and space research capabilities at the University of Tasmania. “It symbolizes HENSOLDT’s continued commitment to building national capacity through cooperation with the University and the Tasmanian State Government. This is another step by the Southern Guardian Team to develop and secure Australia’s critical domestic space capability,” he said.
Minister Madeleine Ogilvie said the optical telescope upgrade would enable Tasmania to maintain its leadership in space observation, strengthen the state’s role as a leader in space awareness and generate public interest. enthusiasm for careers in science. “Tasmania’s space sector is reaching new heights, and this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the partnerships that make its continued growth possible.”
HENSOLDT is also committed to developing career paths for Tasmanian STEAM students who wish to continue living and working in the state. Growing state infrastructure and the space-related business ecosystem will ensure more jobs in trades, business support, and higher education.
HENSOLDT and the University of Tasmania formed the Southern Guardian Partnership in 2021. The partnership combines the capabilities of HENSOLDT, a leading provider of platform-independent technology solutions to the space sector, with Australia’s network of space sensors owned by the University.