The Adelaide-based private rocket company is set to begin constructing a temporary launch site at the tip of the Eyre Peninsula to support a test launch campaign.
The site was approved on the 17th June 2021. Measuring roughly 10 metres tall, the three small rockets will be launched southwards over the Great Australian Bight before the year is over. While they will not carry a major payload, their purpose is to gather data on how the launches will impact the natural environment by measuring the noise and vibrations propagated. This information will inform future launches, should the full Whalers Way Launch Complex be approved.
A successful proposal for the permanent launch complex would allow larger scale rockets to eventually bring satellites into polar and sun synchronous orbits, making a significant step towards providing local and global satellite and rocket companies with access to space. Indeed, increasing the nation’s capability to take payloads to orbit and beyond is one of the key priority areas in the Australian Civil Space Strategy.
Consistent with the Australian Space Agency’s goal to promote responsible regulation of space activities, the approval of this test launch site is the product of multiple negotiations and contention.