Essay by Eric Worrall
Australia’s first ever commercial space launch, from our near Equatorial Arnhem Space Centre, will occur 10.44pm ACST (06:14am Sunday California Time).
NASA to launch rocket from Arnhem Land tonight
By Emily McPherson • Senior Journalist 8:17am Jun 26, 2022
History is in the making with American space agency NASA set to launch a rocket into the skies above east Arnhem Land tonight.
It is the first time since 1995 that a rocket will take off from Australian soil and the first time for NASA launching a commercial rocket.
NASA’s rocket will take off from the red dirt at the Arnhem Space Centre outside Nhulunbuy about 10.44pm local time tonight.
The space centre is privately owned and operated by Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA).
…Read more (includes video): https://www.9news.com.au/national/nasa-to-launch-rocket-from-arnhem-land-tonight/4ae93e45-4392-4167-ba5c-20e6090dc5df
The lack of development of Australia’s space facilities is a continued source of puzzlement to me.
Australia’s political stability, skilled workforce, resources and availability of vast, inexpensive tracts of advantageous near equatorial mainland launch locations, 12° South in this case, should have made Australia a Mecca for commercial space launch. Yet the last Aussie orbital launch of any description was in 1995.
Hopefully Equatorial Space Launch will fix all that.
Update (EW): Youtube livestream of the launch
Correction (EW): Looks like the payload is an X-ray Astronomy instrument, going by the video feed…
Update (EW): To see T-10 to successful launch click here – the launch camera and rocket exhaust fireball provides a good glimpse of the clouds which were delaying the launch as the rocket soars through them.