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Southern Launch
« on: 12/04/2018 03:33 am »
http://theleadsouthaustralia.com.au/industries/space-industry/australias-first-commercial-orbital-launch-facility-to-be-built-in-south-australia/

Australia’s first commercial orbital launch facility to be built in South Australia
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Tuesday December 04, 2018

NewSpace company Southern Launch will begin developing the infrastructure to deploy nanosatellites from the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia
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Called the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex, the 1190-hectare site sits at the bottom of Eyre Peninsula, about 35 minutes’ drive from the regional centre of Port Lincoln. The complex is 300km northwest of Adelaide and 500km south of Woomera, the historic rocket launch site that is restricted to military use.

https://southernlaunch.space/

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #1 on: 12/05/2018 12:58 pm »
And you has another company that planned a spaceport in Australia  :D


https://ela.space/

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #2 on: 02/19/2019 01:36 am »
I'm a bit late with this, but with the Australian Space Industry Conference only a week away, here's a link to an interview with the CEO of Southern Launch:

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In this podcast, Ben sits down with our CEO Lloyd Damp for an in-depth interview. Find out how a few beers began our rocketing adventure, and more!

http://www.theselfmadetheory.com/podcast/episode/60cfba48/115-lloyd-from-southern-launch

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #3 on: 02/19/2019 04:40 am »
SCISYS and Southern Launch Announce Partnership
Louis Dillon
19 February 2019

SCISYS Deutschland and Southern Launch have partnered up to utilise SCISYS’s software capabilities for Australia’s future Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex mission control centre.

https://www.spaceconnectonline.com.au/operations/3195-scisys-and-southern-launch-announce-partnership
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #4 on: 02/19/2019 05:21 am »
Good history on the background of Southern Launch. They have a Letter of Intent from an Australian company (probably either Gilmour or Black Sky) and have been visiting Europe a lot. Floyd says there are 85 companies that are building new launch vehicles, who will need somewhere to launch.
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #5 on: 04/11/2019 07:41 am »
10 minutes with… Southern Launch CEO Lloyd Damp

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Tuesday March 26, 2019

Lloyd Damp is preparing to build Australia’s first commercial rocket launch pad – just south of Port Lincoln. He sat down with InDaily to discuss his ambitions for this state’s burgeoning space industry, from small-scale satellites to mining water on the Moon.

https://indaily.com.au/news/business/2019/03/26/10-minutes-with-southern-launch-ceo-lloyd-damp/
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #6 on: 09/19/2019 12:08 am »
SOUTHERN LAUNCH MEDIA RELEASE - 17/09/2019
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Southern Launch is pleased to announce that its proposed orbital rocket launch facility on the Eyre Peninsula has received a Major Development Declaration from the South Australian State Government. This declaration takes Southern Launch to the next stage that will allow for a proper assessment of the proposal and allow us to develop a formal development application.

Southern Launch founder and CEO Lloyd Damp has embraced the declaration stating this recognizes the economic significance of the project to South Australia and delivers a rigorous whole of government assessment process.

Mr Damp said Southern Launch’s aim is to create an orbital launch facility that prides itself on safety to the public and environment. The proposed facility is being designed to compete globally on rocket launch schedule availability, launch window flexibility and launch site accessibility.

“Southern Launch believes the step to major project status says something about South Australia’s preparedness to engage in futuristic industries and the exciting opportunities they will bring.”

Mr Damp said there was no fixed timetable for the company’s Eyre Peninsula launch program, but that acknowledgement as a major project is aligned with “our ambition to get off the ground in 2020.”

Southern Launch, a South Australian company is planning to build a multi-user rocket launch facility. From the facility micro- and small-lift rocket manufacturers will be able to launch satellites into orbit using cutting edge technology, further reinforcing South Australia’s contribution to the nation’s space sector. Operating on the Eyre Peninsula is a key element to ensuring a regional involvement in this exciting new challenge. 

Part of the role for Southern Launch now that a Major Development Declaration has been granted is to enter into more in depth community consultation with stakeholders.

For media enquiries please contact Terry Plane on 0429 203 706.

For general enquiries please contact [email protected]
 
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Koreans to launch into space from SA
« Reply #7 on: 09/30/2019 12:09 am »
Both the Herald Sun and Adelaide Advertiser newspapers are reporting news of a deal between Southern Launch and Perigee Aerospace, South Korea.

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Southern Launch founder and CEO Lloyd Damp said he will be delighted to sign an agreement with Perigee to use the planned Eyre Peninsula rocket launch facility

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #8 on: 09/30/2019 12:22 pm »
Here's the full press release.

https://southernlaunch.space/news

I've started a thread on Perigee Aerospace in the Commercial Space Flight General subforum.

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=49148.0

SOUTHERN LAUNCH WELCOMES PERIGEE AEROSPACE

Adelaide, South Australia, 30th of September 2019

Southern Launch CEO Lloyd Damp has welcomed the signing of a Launch Facilities Agreement with South Korean rocket company Perigee Aerospace.

Signatories are Mr Damp and Perigee CEO Mr Yoon Shin.

The agreement was signed in Adelaide today, an event Mr Damp says signals an “exciting new phase” in the development of Southern Launch.

In signing the agreement, Mr Shin has expressed Perigee Aerospace’s intention to utilise Southern Launch’s rocket launch facility, to be developed on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.

Perigee Aerospace is a leading orbital launch vehicle manufacturer in South Korea, currently developing the small launch vehicle Blue Whale, designed to lift small satellites into low altitude, high inclination orbits. These orbits are useful for weather, remote-sensing and imaging satellites. Those applications are increasingly in demand for commercial, scientific and defence purposes alike.

Blue Whale will be a small, efficient launch vehicle, designed to carry payloads of up to 50 kilograms. Perigee Aerospace already has multiple customers signed.

Mr Damp described Perigee Aerospace as a “great company and a perfect partner for Southern Launch”.

“Perigee Aerospace shares our key values of efficient operations and high levels of safety for both the public and the environment,” he said, "and this signing establishes a partnership based on trust and implicit understandings about their usage of our launch site.

 “We welcome them not just to Southern Launch, but to South Australia and its burgeoning space industry.

“This partnership is a great demonstration of what Southern Launch can bring to the local industry. It’s an exciting development.”

Mr Shin stated that, “The unique launch capability offered by Southern Launch is a perfect match for our micro-lift rocket. We look forward to launching our rocket from Australia in the near future.”

The first test launch of a Perigee Aerospace rocket from Southern Launch’s facility is planned for 2020.

Media Contact: Terry Plane, 0429 203 706 

About Perigee Aerospace

Based in Daejeon, South Korea, Perigee Aerospace Inc. is developing mass production and rapid launch capabilities to provide affordable access to space for the fast-growing small satellite industry. The company is currently developing the Blue Whale micro launch vehicle, which will carry small satellites into Sun-Synchronous Orbit by the end of 2021 from South Australia. Started in 2012, Perigee Aerospace began by developing and launching numerous sounding rockets for meteorological research by the Korean government. In 2018 and 2019 the company received two rounds of venture capital backing from some of South Korea’s leading technology investors including Samsung Venture Investments and LB Investment (a subsidiary of LG) to support the development of Blue Whale. The company is also supported by KAIST, South Korea’s top technical research institution.

About Southern Launch

Southern Launch is an innovative Australian space company located in Adelaide, the home of the Australian Space Agency. Southern Launch is developing the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex on the southern coastline of South Australia to address an identified emerging gap in the orbital rocket launch market. From Whalers Way, rockets will be launched southwards out over the Great Australian Bight, an area with a very low surrounding population density, no delicate marine environments under the flight path, and minimal air and maritime traffic. With these advantages, Whalers Way will enable rocket manufacturers from around the world to launch their small rockets more frequently and more safely than any other multi-user space launch facility.

Premier Steven Marshall (left) Mr Yoon Shin (middle) and Mr Lloyd Damp (right) during the signing ceremony
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #9 on: 10/04/2019 12:15 am »
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Damp said securing a commercial launch partner with such good backing would fast track the development of the launch site at Whaler’s Way at the tip of the Eyre Peninsula.

He said there would not be a problem building the necessary infrastructure in a year because Southern Launch had been granted Major Project status by the South Australian Government and the physical requirements of a New Space project were not massive.

“A lot of people say ‘space launch! this means Cape Canaveral’, you know, bulldozers, all this type of stuff,” he said.

“In reality, we’re putting up a glorified garden shed for the vehicle assembly and then a piece of concrete, which is about the same size footprint as a residential home. So this is tiny, tiny equipment to launch rockets into space. It’s called New Space.”

The 1190-hectare Whaler’s Way site is about a 35-minute drive from the regional centre of Port Lincoln. The complex is 250km west of Adelaide and 500km south of Woomera, the historic rocket launch site that is restricted to military use.

http://theleadsouthaustralia.com.au/industries/space/south-korean-rocket-startup-to-launch-from-south-australia/

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #10 on: 01/31/2020 12:53 am »
Old news now, but from their web site:

https://www.portlincolntimes.com.au/story/6518319/locals-get-rocket-view/

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Mr Damp said the company would continue its development process and work with Perigee Rocket LLC to finalise infrastructure designs and investigate potential sites at Whalers Way.

He said the company would return in the New Year to meet with community members to show designs and would look at doing presentations in schools.
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #12 on: 02/03/2020 09:26 pm »
Southern Launch are now developing an inland launch site for suborbital launches called the Koonibba Test Range! They already have a launch scheduled for this year from the site.

It sounds a bit like a commercial version of Woomera.. maybe a bit smaller?  And sub-orbital only:

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The Koonibba test range will be used as a trial location for companies before launching rockets into orbit from the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex near Port Lincoln.
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #13 on: 02/06/2020 09:09 am »
Southern Launch had a booth at The Advertiser Space Jobs Forum this evening. They confirmed that Perigee won't be launching from Koonibba, but that it is another company who wish to remain anonymous for now.
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #14 on: 02/06/2020 10:10 am »
What is the exact location (coordinates) of the Whalers Way launch complex?
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #15 on: 02/07/2020 05:04 am »
What is the exact location (coordinates) of the Whalers Way launch complex?

Approximately here, according to Google Maps:
https://goo.gl/maps/JoiMJmAkSsGznxBH7
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #16 on: 02/13/2020 03:04 am »
Spoke with Lloyd Damp from Southern Launch today. They will be announcing who will be launching from their suborbital site next week. The contract for the launch was signed six months ago. The pad has already been finished and the launch rail fitted, so I expect launch should be happening quite soon.
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #17 on: 02/20/2020 01:46 am »
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Southern Launch founder Lloyd Damp announced during the space forum a partnership with DEWC Systems to launch a test rocket from it’s launch facilities in South Australia.

DEWC Systems is a South Australian company developing electronic warfare solutions for Australian Defence, and Damp said that being two South Australian startups allowed them to quickly collaborate to get the launch project off the ground.

http://theleadsouthaustralia.com.au/industries/space/space-agency-hq-launch-fuels-industry-momentum-in-adelaide/

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #18 on: 02/20/2020 02:01 am »
Here are the details for the first Koonibba Test Range (KTR) suborbital launch. The launch range extends 140 km to the north over the Yumbarra Conservation Park and Yellabinna Regional Reserve, ending just before the Trans Australian Railway and the Woomera Prohibited Area.

A DART rocket is being provided by T-Minus Engineering in the Netherlands. The rocket has a composite case using solid fuel and is quite small with 114 mm diameter and 2.3 m length. They had one on display at the South Australian Space Forum yesterday. Average thrust is 8 kN for 5 seconds. It carries a non-propulsive Dart that is 35 mm diameter and 1.12 m length. Separation of DART and Dart is performed by differential drag between the vehicles. Smaller versions of DART have previously flown, but this will be the first flight of the full size version. Southern Launch were advertising a launch cost of $150,000 including GST (US$87,500 excluding GST) for a payload mass up to 0.5 kg.

http://t-minus.nl/products/dart

The payload customer is DEWC (Defence Electronic Warfare Company) carrying their DSX-001 (DEWC Space Experiment) payload below the nose cone. At apogee, the nose cone is ejected and releases the payload, which falls to the ground under a small parachute. The payload is designed to collect weather radar signals. Future plans include flying the payload on a cubesat. Altitude will be up to 100 km. Launch will be in the next few months, subject to license approval.

https://www.dewc.com/

More information below.

http://theleadsouthaustralia.com.au/industries/space/launch-site-flagged-for-australian-electronic-warfare-satellites/
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #19 on: 02/22/2020 07:53 pm »
I've been tracking T-minus Engineering for a couple of years now. They are finally nearly ready to start offering their T-minus Dart. A replacement for the Viper IIIA, or SuperLoki-Dart. Their dart is simular in size to the PWN-1 and PWN-8.
Here the footage of their static firing test.
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