Credit: Taiwan Innovative Space (tiSPACE)


In the next few days, Australia is set to enter the global space services market.

The Hapith I rocket is to depart the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex, located on the tip of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia

The Launch Complex covers approximately 1200 Ha (2965 acres) of open land with over 6 km (3.72 miles) of ocean frontage.

Credit: Southern Launch

Space company — Southern Launch — is carrying out the maiden flight of a two-stage suborbital rocket using Taiwan Innovative Space (tiSPACE) hybrid propulsion technology. The launch window is September 9–23.

Southern Launch is providing the infrastructure and logistics support for orbital and suborbital launches from the organization’s two sites in South Australia: Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex and the Koonibba Test Range.

Credit: Southern Launch

Commercially attractive

On March 25 the Australian government announced the first ever license for a space launch facility, legally permitting rockets to fly into space from Australian territory.

Credit: Southern Launch

The license was granted to wholly Australian-owned company Southern Launch for its Koonibba Test Range in the South Australian outback. The Koonibba Test Range is located 25 miles (40 kilometers) north-west of Ceduna on the West Coast of the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

The significance of the Koonibba Test Range is that Australia can now host private satellite operators and rocket manufacturers from around the world to come and test their space technologies in a safe and commercially attractive manner from Australia.
















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