Australian spaceport and space mission provider Southern Launch has received a Moon to Mars grant from the Australian Space Agency for its mobile launch rail.
The nearly $1 million grant will allow Southern Launch to design, build and commission a mobile launch rail that will be capable of launching sub-orbital vehicles ranging in mass from 20 kg to 3,500 kg. The mobility of the rocket launcher will allow Southern Launch to use the launch rail at both Koonibba Test Range and Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex.
The Mobile Launch Rail project will meet the Federal Government‘s commitment to provide world-class, reliable, economical and safe launch facilities in Australia that will serve a wide range of Australian and international customers. The increased capacity will also mean that more international launch customers can consider Southern Launch as their launch site.
Southern Launch CEO Lloyd Damp highlighted the benefits of a mobile launch rail for Australian space companies.
“The mobile launch rail will allow testing of new rocket and payload technologies, which in turn will create jobs in the Australian space industry,” Mr Damp said.
“The mobile launch rail will further increase Southern Launch’s ability to pilot launch as a service from Australian shores.
“We thank the Australian Space Agency for their continued support in driving the Australian spaceport industry.”
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