Australia Makes A Big Return To Space With Biggest Rocket Launch in 40 Years

A commercial Taiwanese rocket will take off from a site in South Australia today, marking the largest rocket to breach the atmosphere from Australia in over 40 years. The 10m two stage sub orbital rocket will set off between 6am and 6pm, marking a significant step forward for Australia’s commercial Aerospace program.

The launch team

The rocket is taking off from Whaler’s Way Orbital launch complex on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.

Industry, Science and Technology Minister Christian Porter said the approval of the launch permit for Friday’s test added to the growing momentum in Australia’s space sector.

launch site at Wayler’s Way Orbital Launch Complex

“This is an important outcome in establishing Australia’s commercial launch capability and demonstrating what our country can offer to the international space sector,” Mr Porter said.

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