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Australia’s first commercial test rocket launches in Whalers Way today

Southern Launch is on their way to becoming the first Australian site that can launch commercial satellites into orbit with a launch set for today.  

Southern Launch is on their way to becoming the first Australian site that can launch commercial satellites into orbit with a launch set for today.

Originally set for blast off on Thursday 9 September, the rocket will now take to the sky today, 15 September, at Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex on the Eyre Peninsula between 6am and 6pm.

Southern Launch, who is partnered with Taiwanese business TiSPACE, will launch three overall test flights by the end of 2021, aimed at collecting vital information such as noise, vibration and guidance data.

The rocket being used is TiSPACE’s suborbital rocket Hapith I, which stands at 10m tall, weighs around 3 tonnes and is set to reach outer space approximately 100km above sea level.

The Australian Space Agency is secretly celebrating the momentous triumph after TiSPACE originally planned to test the rocket domestically but were denied approval by the Taiwanese launch site.

According to Southern Launch CEO Lloyd Camp, “This is a very exciting development for us, for the future of South Australia’s space industry and for the local community.”

“We believe the Eyre Peninsula’s natural advantages mean it has an incredibly bright future in space” Mr Camp detailed.

Today’s launch is set to pave the way for future growth within the market, helping support the South Australian economy through job opportunities, new technologies and investments. It will also project South Australia into the global space launch market, valued at over $5.5 Billion.

For those interested in viewing the launch, the Wanna Lookout, which is located across the bay from the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex and approximately a 30-minute drive from Port Lincoln, will be the best viewing point.

For more information visit Southern Launches Website here

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