Lift off! Whalers Way is ready to launch
Fire up the rocket engines because South Australia is ready for lift off, with three test rocket launches approved for 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 will 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,” said 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.”
The approval means Southern Launch can conduct the three tests before December 31, 2021 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, once 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 in to the nation’s booming space industry.
“The Federal Government has an ambition to triple the size of the Australian space economy to $12 billion by 2030, and create an additional 20,000 jobs,” Premier Marshall said.
“South Australia is, and will continue to be, at the forefront of this endeavour.”