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



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…

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