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

Emeritus Prof Rod Tucker (2013 Pearcey Hall of Fame)