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Space Tracking

The University of Tasmania operates the largest antenna network distributed across Australia. Our services can support your mission to the Moon, to Mars, and beyond.

About us

The University of Tasmania’s radio telescopes have been tracking, monitoring and studying space since 1985. Today, we provide commercial and scientific support to explore near and deep space.

The University operates a suite of radio telescopes distributed around the Australian continent. Used for astronomy, geodesy, and space tracking, all the assets can be operated remotely from the Hobart mission control centre.

From our small island, we have supported landings on Titan, tracking for lunar missions, and orbit determination of spacecraft. We offer a range of services through our large network of antennas, which are distributed over the Australian continent.

Get in touch with Simon Ellingsen and Guifre Molera Calves via the form below to discuss options using our 7.3m, 12m, 26m or 30m infrastructure, covering polar and equatorial orbits. We also offer a range of partnerships, PhD opportunities, and more.


The University of Tasmania owns and operates a network of large and medium assets for a range of applications.


An original NASA Deep Space Network tracking antenna became property of the University of Tasmania in 1985. This 26 meter dish receives on L-band, S-band, C-band, X-band and K-band.

AuScope 12m Array

The AuScope VLBI array consists of three identical 12m antennas in Hobart, Yarragadee and Katherine. It is used for geodesy, tracking and radio astronomy, and receives from 2 - 14 GHz with dual linear polarisation. The array received a facelift in 2017 with a new wideband receiver, with Sterling cycle cooling, and an upgraded back-end.


Acquired in 1995, the Ceduna asset is currently used for tracking and radio astronomy. It uses room temperature receivers and is capable of observations at 2.2, 4.8, 6.7, 8.4, 12.2 and 22 GHz using room temperature receivers.


The Greenhill Tracking Station is newest addition to the network, adding Telemetry, Tacking and Control and Payload Data Download functionality. The 7.3m tracking antenna is fast slewing and operates on S, X and Ku-band with full motion in azimuth, elevation, and tilt.

Core Capabilities

University of Tasmania assets have been tracking commercial and scientific spacecraft, satellites and launch vehicles since 1985. We have worked with NASA, ESA and JAXA to track space objects on the far side of the Moon and as far as Saturn.

Our researchers use spacecraft as a target to study a broad range of scientific phenomena in our solar system and to enhance space missions with additional ground-support. Our tracking techniques relies on extensive experience from our local team, using the infrastructure we own, operate and continuously improve.

Our array of 12m VLBI antennas is the most sensitive positioning and timing array of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and is used amongst many applications to improve the geodetic reference frame. We have extensive in-house expertise that uses state-of the-at observational and computational techniques to robustly measure time and position.

We are at the forefront developing ground-breaking interferometry techniques, that references the known position and time of celestial objects to improve time and positioning techniques for terrestrial applications.

As part of the Australian Space Agency infrastructure development project, we are improving the Australian ground station network with our new Telemetry, Tracking and Control and Payload Data Download station at the Greenhill Observatory.

The full motion, fast slewing Greenhill Tracking Station, with its unique Southernly location, is well placed for LEOP and Payload Data Download for launch and in-orbit satellite operations, and offer services on S, X and Ku-band for uplink and downlink.

Combining the skills and expertise built over the last few decades in tracking and location techniques, the University of Tasmania is expanding its reach into the field of Space Domain Awareness. Combining our established network of assets with scientific approaches to tracking objects in space, we are well placed to add value to Space Domain Awareness and Space Traffic Management applications.

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