Associate Professor Francis Bennet is a researcher of optical instrumentation at the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and a Mission Specialist at ANU InSpace.

He has expertise in adaptive optics for astronomical instrumentation, space situational awareness, and laser communication, with a focus on taking world-leading ANU quantum communications experiments from the lab to space.

Associate Professor Bennet is leading the ACT Node of an Australian optical communication network, as well as development of a satellite to test quantum communication between space and the ground.

He is Associate Dean (Engagement) at the ANU College of Science – a role aimed at expanding and enhancing ANU translational research and engagement across the college.

Fields of expertise



Ground station to help launch missions to Mars

A new optical ground station launched by The Australian National University (ANU) will help NASA, the Australian Space…

6 December 2023


Laser research to boost deep space missions

Canberra is one step closer to being Australia’s home to deep space laser communication, thanks to a government…

Subscribe to ANU Reporter

Anu Logo

+61 2 6125 5111

The Australian National University, Canberra

CRICOS Provider: 00120C

ABN: 52 234 063 906

EDX Logo
Group of eight Australia Logo