Laby Foundation and Spencer Grants

It’s been a great few months for the SkyHopper project! In order to get the design and project management off the ground, the project needs seed funding — some initial investment that will allow us to bring in the right people and ensure that we have a path forward for mission completion. So far, we have had fantastic success in our initial funding requests, from two sources within the University of Melbourne: the Laby Family Foundation, and the John William Spencer Trust Fund. Thanks to the generosity of these funds, we are now able to move forward in commissioning a detailed design for the spacecraft, carrying out preliminary instrumentation work, and coordinating the full collaboration. With this foundation in place, we’re submitting proposals for major project funding with the Australian Research Council. We hope to have more good news soon!


Australian Astronomical Observatory ∙ Australian National University ∙ Cambridge University ∙ Curtin University ∙ NASA Goddard ∙ Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics ∙ Space Telescope Science Institute ∙ Swinburne Institute of Technology ∙ Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg ∙ University of Virginia