EXTERRES Analogue Facility

A multi-purpose research facility at Roseworthy will enable the development and commercialisation of remotely operated and autonomous robotic technologies for the Space and Agriculture sectors

EXTERRES facility front of building

The site is split into a lunar and Martian surface environment for the testing of space technology, and a configurable terrestrially-focused surface, to advance the development of agricultural technologies.

EXTERRES Analogue Facility is linked to EXTERRES Mission Control located at North Terrace Campus and is the new location for the 2024 Australian Rover Challenge (ARCh), an annual robotics competition.

Project overview

  • Location: Spurling Circle, Roseworthy Campus
  • Size: 4,000m2 paddock
  • Architect: DesignInc
  • Construction partner: G Force Building & Consulting

Features

  • Operations building with:
    • Workshop to house the Mars Rovers vehicles
    • Communications (control) room
    • Storage facility
    • Six workstations
    • Meeting room
    • Bathroom
    • Galley kitchen
  • Viewing platform over the lunar landscape.
  • Two 10m2 shade structures for goats and alpacas to facilitate their relation to another paddock.
  • Small rainwater tank.

Completed: February 2024