In 1966 a bunch of students (undergrads and post-grads) at the Department of Elec Eng at Melbourne University built Australia’s first satellite. It was ultimately launched in 1970 by NASA. A member of the team of 8, who designed and constructed the satellite, was Prof. Rod Tucker, a 2013 Pearcey Hall of Famer Prof Tucker was a first-year student at the time.
A celebration was held at Melbourne Uni’s “University House” on Thursday evening 27 February 2020 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the launching. More details here wikipedia.org/wiki/Australis-OSCAR_5