Iver Cairns has over 30 years of experience in space physics and space weather research.
He is a Co-Investigator on NASA’s STEREO mission and, since June 2019, on NASA’s two new SMEX missions PUNCH and TRACERS. In Australia he led the 2010-2019 Decadal Plan for Australian Space Science. Since then he has worked to “put runs on the board” to convince Governments to invest in the space sector.
He led the INSPIRE-2 CubeSat project, which launched in May 2017 and re-entered still working in November 2018. He currently leads CUAVA, the ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs, and Their Applications, which is training people, solving research problems, and working on commercial outcomes for its industry, academic, and governmental partners. CUAVA’s 1st CubeSat, CUAVA-1, was deployed from the International Space Station by Japanese company Space-BD on 6 October 2021.
CUAVA is proceeding towards the CUAVA-2 CubeSat launch in April 2023 and is leading Australia’s 1st ride-share satellite project, Waratah Seed, towards an expected launch in December 2022.