A bushfire occurred in remote bushland close to the Siding Springs Observatory, which is a significant part of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at the ANU. The Observatory houses the Anglo-Australian telescope along with a collection of other telescopes owned by ANU and other institutions – in all, more than $AUD 100 million worth of research equipment is located at the Observatory.
Whilst the thermal damage was limited, smoke and debris had penetrated the observatory and more specifically, the expensive and delicate research and telescopic equipment contained within it.
Steamatic worked alongside specialist engineers from around the world to disassemble telescopes and control equipment throughout the Observatory.
Systematically cleaned and decontaminated all components and structure and assisted with full reinstatement of facilities.