National Committee on Space Engineering (NCSpE)

Engineering the future of science and transport.

What is Space Engineering?

Space/satellite engineering evolved from aircraft engineering, initially using many of the same construction methods and reliability philosophies.

Space engineering is complex multi-discipline systems engineering for the space domain (including terrestrial support systems). The principal differentiation between space engineering and terrestrial engineering comes from the unique constraints of the space environment with microgravity, high radiation levels, high vacuum, extremes of heat and cold and the complexities of leaving Earth.

Space engineering covers all space-related activities, from ground operations to those required for Earth orbiting bodies and beyond, to deep space missions, and also includes astronomical systems and instruments.

Space engineering embodies ALL engineering disciplines and also employs engineers, chemists, physicists, mathematicians, scientists and many more to achieve the mission outcomes.

About the National Committee on Space Engineering

The primary role of the NCSpE is to act as an expert advisory committee to Engineers Australia (EA) on space engineering matters, and promote the economic, industrial and intellectual value that developing and retaining Australian expertise in space technology can have.

Consistent with Engineers Australia’s Strategic Priorities 2014–17, our primary objectives are:

Definitive voice of the profession

  • Contribute to and advise on national space policy issues on an as-needs basis.

Professional home for life

  • Recognise outstanding emerging space engineers through the annual Undergraduate Thesis Prize in Space Engineering.
  • Provide information on space engineering and the Australian space industry via Engineers Australia’s website and other media channels.

International orientation

  • Represent Engineers Australia as a member of the International Astronautical Federation.
  • Support the 2017 International Astronautical Congress to be held in Adelaide, South Australia.

Tomorrow’s engineers

Foster our future engineers and raise awareness of space engineering by sponsoring national student education and outreach activities related to space engineering, such as:

  • International Space University Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (NCSpE provides a scholarship for an engineering student to participate in this program)
  • VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize
  • Aerospace Futures conference.

Connectivity and partnerships

  • Engage with kindred space-related organisations to promote space engineering and raise awareness through information-sharing and joint activities where appropriate.

Space Engineering awards

Contact us

We are affiliated with Engineers Australia's Electrical College and our members come from industry, research and government.

If you are looking for an industry expert to support a Space Engineering course or seminar, or for any enquiries regarding the National Committee on Space Engineering please contact:

Learned Society Advisor

Email: electricalcollege@engineersaustralia.org.au

Engineering House
11 National Circuit
Barton ACT 2600

To contact Member Services please call 1300 653 113

SOCIAL FEED

  • Engineers Australia
  • @EngAustralia - 56 minutes hence
RT @DiscoverEorg: Coming soon! A @storify that will recap this #GlobalMarathon conversation. @nikirobinson_sa @pragmaco @roseanneoleary @En…
  • Engineers Australia
  • @EngAustralia - 35 minutes hence
RT @DiscoverEorg: Also get ready for the worldwide celebration of engineers. #GlobalEngineer Day is on April 4, 2018! https://t.co/N5vmW6M1…
  • Engineers Australia
  • @EngAustralia - 33 minutes hence
Thank you @DiscoverEorg for running the show! Terrific job! #GlobalMarathon https://t.co/dBezFHs5jL
  • Engineers Australia
  • @EngAustralia - 32 minutes hence
RT @DiscoverEorg: Inspirational words to close on!! A huge thanks to @EngAustralia for co-hosting this #GlobalMarathon Twitter Chat. https…
  • Engineers Australia
  • @EngAustralia - 30 minutes hence
RT @pragmaco: @DiscoverEorg Biggest challenge I feel women face as entrepreneurs -Mentorship. Having more mentors guiding women entrepreneu…
  • Engineers Australia
  • @EngAustralia - 29 minutes hence
RT @nikirobinson_sa: @DiscoverEorg A9-Not just female engineers, it’s everyone that crosses my path wanting to make this world better into…
  • Engineers Australia
  • @EngAustralia - 28 minutes hence
Can mentors play a bigger role in this area too? #GlobalMarathon https://t.co/SvDxic6VNB
  • Engineers Australia
  • @EngAustralia - 28 minutes hence
Great question! #GlobalMarathon https://t.co/n7VET4drJX
  • Engineers Australia
  • @EngAustralia - 26 minutes hence
Incorporating those necessary modern skill sets into engineering university learning is important #GlobalMarathon https://t.co/BHFLsHEsrd
  • Engineers Australia
  • @EngAustralia - 23 minutes hence
Really good advice. Implementing some kind of strategy is important #GlobalMarathon https://t.co/H3DU4Au2Kn
  • Engineers Australia
  • @EngAustralia - 20 minutes hence
RT @redruby17: @nikirobinson_sa @EngAustralia @DiscoverEorg I literally just designed a series of diversity activities to embed into our fi…
  • Engineers Australia
  • @EngAustralia - 5 minutes ago
RT @roseanneoleary: A4 companies hoping to recruit within the STEM disciplines should be more focused on outreach to a younger generation #…