Australian company Southern Launch is Australia’s first major launch since the 1960s, sending Taiwanese rockets into space.
Taiwanese company tiSPACE will launch the Hapith I, a 10-meter rocket, from the Southern Launch complex, 680 km west of Adelaide, later this year.
Christian Porter, Minister of State for Science and Technology, announced approval for the launch on August 23, saying it was an important milestone for local industry.
“This is an important achievement in establishing Australia’s commercial launch capabilities and demonstrating what we can offer to the international space sector,” Porter said.
“Space is an important global growth market and will support the future of Australia’s economy through significant investment, new technologies and employment growth across multiple industries.”
On February 13, last year, after Taiwan failed to launch somewhere in Taitung County due to bad weather, the island nation decided to launch a commercial rocket from its fully Australian-owned company Southern Launch.
CEO Lloyd Dump said he was pleased that the company could work with a Taiwanese company.
“Southern Launch is pleased to partner with TiSPACE to launch its first test launch at the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex on the Eyre Peninsula,” Damp told Innovation Aus.
“This is an exciting development of our journey to establish the first site in Australia where commercial satellites can be launched into orbit, and South Australia is part of the $ 5.5 billion global space launch market. Allows you to start earning. “
Scott Schneider, Southern Launch Regulatory Officer, said that not only rocket launches, but also space services play a major role in everyday life.
“Without space services, there is no effective way to monitor Google Maps, broadband internet, and the environment, or manage emergencies such as floods and wildfires,” Schneider said.
With a local launch, Australia will be able to invite international space companies to create jobs and boost Australia’s space industry.
“With a domestic commercial launch site, Australia will no longer send money or give jobs to the launch industries in New Zealand, the United States, Europe and India,” Schneider said.