Mr Eduardo Trifoni

Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering
Senior Space Test Scientist | Director National Space Test Facility
ANU College of Science
T: +61 2 6197 0151

Areas of expertise

  • Satellite, Space Vehicle And Missile Design And Testing 090108
  • Hypersonic Propulsion And Hypersonic Aerodynamics 090107
  • Astronomical And Space Instrumentation 020102
  • Plasma Physics; Fusion Plasmas; Electrical Discharges 020204
  • Energy Generation, Conversion And Storage Engineering 091305


Eduardo Trifoni is Senior Space Test Scientist and Director of the National Space Test Facility at ANU Mt Stromlo campus.

Eduardo got his Master’s Degree summa cum laude in Mechanical Engineering in 1999 and joined ANU in 2019. He has accumulated over 20 years of experience carrying out independent research in technology frontier fields from Hydrogen Energy to Experimental Aerothermodynamics, with a track record of more than 90 publications and 4 international patents granted.

He dealt with the management, engineering, operations and maintenance of SCIROCCO 70 MW Plasma Wind Tunnel (PWT), the world's largest and most powerful space test facility for the simulation of the hypersonic entry phase of space vehicles. He has seen things you wouldn't believe. Thermal Protection Systems on fire at atmospheric pressure and snowfalls under vacuum. He has watched shockwaves glitter in the dark near the diffuser throat and meteorites melt at entry conditions.

He has contributed to the development of several space vehicles able to operate in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and to withstand the high-speed entry into planetary atmosphere.

Working in hypersonics, he started to rethink the distances on our planet and no place seems too far away. He likes the sky, the water and the wildlife and he is a sincere advocate of an open society.


Past student projects

  • Hayden Broomby, Design and development of an additively manufactured liquid rocket engine pintle injector system
  • Rowan Schulz, Thermal analysis, management and testing of small satellites circuit boards
  • Luan Dinh, Aerothermal analysis of a space rocket during hypersonic ascent phase
  • Matthew Robertson, Design and development of a bio-fueled additively manufactured rocket engine


Projects and Grants

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