Professor Iver Cairns (left) with CUAVA PhD student Savannah McGuirk at the awards ceremony. Supplied
Professor Iver Cairns from the School of Physics in the Faculty of Science has been announced as Scientist of the Year at the 2023 Australian Space Awards.
Professor Cairns is the director of the Australian Research Council Training Centre for Cubesats, UAVs and their Applications (CUAVA), which is based at the University of Sydney.
He is also a leading partner at Waratah Seed, the NSW Government-backed consortium launching Australia’s first ride-share space mission, delivering affordable satellite access for Australian industry.
The awards event was held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney on Wednesday evening, 17 May 2023.
Professor Cairns said he was thrilled to receive the award which is “recognition of Australian space research at the University and through CUAVA providing great opportunities to attract students, funds and new industry partners to Australia’s space sector”.
Since launching in 2019 with Professor Cairns as director, CUAVA has blazed a trail for the development of low Earth orbit (LEO) space programs designed to be accessible for Australian industry and research. It has inked partnerships with a wide range of industry and research bodies in Australia and internationally.
This includes partnerships with Japanese space start-up, Space BD, and ongoing collaboration with Saber Astronautics Australia, HyVista, ArborCarbon, the University of New South Wales, Macqurie University, University of Technology Sydney, the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group, Bureau of Meteorology, Investment NSW, SmartSat CRC, and multiple startups.