Fire up the rocket engines because South Australia is ready for lift off, with three test rocket launches approved for the Whalers Way facility.
The State Commission Assessment Panel has given the green light to Southern Launch’s application, meaning it can use the site at Port Lincoln to conduct the tests, which form a crucial part of its proposal to build a permanent facility.
“This is an exciting step forward in South Australia’s already star-studded space CV” says Premier Steven Marshall.
“It marks a major milestone in Southern Launch’s ambition to build a permanent orbital facility, which would be one of only two in the Southern Hemisphere, representing an enormous opportunity for growth” he says.
The approval means Southern Launch can conduct the three tests before December 31 this year, and build the infrastructure required for the launches.
The approval has been granted under strict conditions, including that nearby residents be informed before a planned test launch.
The results of the tests will form an important part of Southern Launch’s separate application for a permanent orbital facility, and, one the tests are complete, all equipment and infrastructure will need to be removed from the site.
Premier Marshall says the approved test launches put South Australia in the box seat to tap into the nation’s booming space industry.
Lloyd Damp, the CEO of Southern Launch was thrilled with the approval and the tireless efforts of his team at Southern Launch.
“This is a huge milestone for Australia in once again becoming a sovereign space faring nation. Southern Launch has spent the past 8 months working closely with a number of government and independent agencies and now having received the approval to construct a temporary launch pad” he says.
“The whole Southern Launch team is overjoyed and excited about the future of launch in Australia. We look forward to breaking ground shortly”.
The date for the first test launch has not been confirmed, as Southern Launch are still in the regulatory process with the Australia Space Agency.