EXTERRES Analogue Facility - Roseworthy Campus

A world-class, multi-purpose research facility for application in the Space and Agriculture sectors.

Development of a 4,000m2 paddock within Spurling Circle at the Roseworthy Campus will enable the development, testing and commercialisation of remotely operated and autonomous robotic technologies. The new facility will add depth and expertise to the research and teaching already occurring at Roseworthy. 

EXTERRES Analogue Facility, Roseworthy Campus render

Architectural render of proposed facility.

Project details

The site will be split to create one space that will simulate off-world (Lunar/Martian) surface analogues, and another configurable “terrestrially focused” space to advance the development of agricultural technologies.

The open testing range will be available across a broad range of autonomous technology development, testing, and assessment, and will be the primary testing site for AgTech equipment such as the SITIA TREKTOR. There will be scope to landscape the terrain to mimic agricultural settings including raised beds or vineyard rows, readying the technology for field trials in university-owned farm settings at Roseworthy and Waite.

The site will be serviced by an operations building that will consist of a field operations control room, workshop/storage facility and a viewing platform. The entire field will eventually have complete network coverage and incorporate a range of field cameras and other sensing and positioning systems. These will be linked to both the EXTERRES Analogue Facility Control Room and EXTERRES Mission Control (located at North Terrace Campus).

A new shade structure towards the northern edge of the Roseworthy Campus will be constructed to relocate the existing livestock on site (goats and alpacas).

Expected completion is February 2024.


Alan Hall, Project Manager