MOVE over Matt Damon CQUniversity has its own wannabe astronauts.

Three CQUni aviation students recently were tasked with testing a spacecraft module simulator before it was shipped to the Gold Coast.

According to CQUniversity's Aviation Discipline Leader Ron Bishop, it was an exciting experience for the students.

"Gilmour Space Technologies approached us to have a spacecraft module simulator tested before being shipping to Gold Coast as part of an astronaut training program similar to that of NASA.

"CQUniversity aviation students flew two full simulated orbit and re-entry missions. Our aviation students, Damian Mammino, Courtney Rieck and Nick Harvie tested multitudes of switches, mission computers, and flight controls to identify any issues on the spacecraft before being presented for operations.

"They also ran checklists and procedures required in the operation of re-entering the atmosphere."

The students worked with technicians from Gilmour Space Technologies to improve systems and operation of the spacecraft simulator.

Mr Bishop said this was an excellent example of how CQUniversity's aviation students were engaging with the community, benefiting both the students and industry.

CQUniversity offers aviation programs from Diploma through to Bachelor level out of its Bundaberg campus and online.

Graduates from the programs find employment in the aviation, aerospace and IT industries. The Bachelor program enables students to study topics such as aerodynamics, aircraft systems, meteorology, navigation, pilot licences and ratings, air service operations, flight services and handling emergencies.

Students can also undertake introductory-level flight courses during the program, enabling students to take to the skies and gain practice understanding of the industry.

To learn more about CQUniversity's aviation programs visit www.cqu.edu.au or phone 132786.

 



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