Binar-1 and Space Science

Launched on 29 August, Curtin University’s Binar-1 CubeSat satellite will provide easy access to space for students, researchers and industry. 

In this episode, Jess is joined by Binar-1 Project Manager Ben Hartig to learn about the totally-Curtin-built satellite that’s smaller than a shoebox but playing a mighty role in the future of Australian space innovation.

Binar-1 is a CubeSat — a type of small satellite made from 10-centimetre cube-shaped modules. Binar-1 consists of just one such module, meaning it’s technically a 1U CubeSat.

Binar-1 is equipped with two cameras, with two objectives: first, to photograph Western Australia from space, thus testing the performance of our instruments and hopefully also capturing the imagination of young WA students; and second, to image stars. The star camera will precisely determine which way the satellite is facing — a crucial capability for any future Moon mission.

  • Describing the Binar space program [01:23]
  • What is a CubeSat? [01:57]
  • What’s the goal for the Binar Prospector mission? [11:18]
  • How Binar will revolutionise access to space [12:57]
  • What inspired Ben to get into space research? [24:57]

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Ben Hartig

Hartig is the Project Manager for the Binar Space Program. He has been involved in the development of remote observatories for the Desert Fireball Network (DFN), which tracks meteorites as they enter the atmosphere, as well as the FireOPAL SSA network, which uses the same technology to track satellites and space debris.

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