Engineers from NASA with ANU students successfully installed SUN PHOTOMETER as part of NASA Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET). The AERONET ground system and its operating facilities will help measure the atmospheric aerosol column over its region. This technology implementation and environmental research is first of its kind in the sub-region and it facilitates ground based data acquisition which helps to validate other satellite-based aerosol measurement. The project was completed in September 17, 2015.

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Benefits to Society

Reflective aerosol of the cloud cover helps to reduce the effect of global warming caused by greenhouse gasses. Investigating and understanding the effects of aerosol on cloud formation will help:

  • Give detail understanding of global atmospheric phenomena focusing on climate research and the assessment of air quality of the region.
  • Contribute to the weather and climate monitoring of the Earth.
  • Predict and give early warning about pollution in the atmosphere.
  • Improve weather forecasting and climate predictions.

Future Plans

  • Develop ANU-SAT-II, an earth observational satellite for town planning and to monitor oil spillage, forest fire and deforestation.
  • Build an Amateur 2 & 5 GHz Ground Station.
  • Develop an Assembly, Integration and Testing (AIT) facility for small satellites.
  • Establish a Space Museum.

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