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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #20 on: 04/01/2020 10:55 pm »
Southern Launch have posted an FAQ page:  https://southernlaunch.space/faqs

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Our launch site is being designed to launch small rockets that can carry a few satellites at a time. Most of the rockets will be between 9 and 29 metres tall with a payload capacity of 50 to 400kg to orbit.

Perigee's "Blue Whale 1" is at the 9m end..
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #21 on: 04/20/2020 07:12 am »
With everything else going on, it seems this article missed my radar completely.  It's old news by now, but I've not seen anyone speak of it, so I'll post it anyways:

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Three, two, one...liftoff! EY raises for rocket launch biz - Jan 19, 2020

Street Talk understands rocket launch facility company Southern Launch is poised to kick off a Series A funding round on Monday, where it is looking to raise up to $12 million {1} in exchange for a minority stake.

It is understood EY's Adelaide M&A team is taking the rocket company to market for the capital raising, and will be targeting venture capital outfits and high-net-worths who have an understanding of space.

The equity raised will be used to finish construction at Southern Launch's facility in South Australia, called Whaler's Way, which is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

Southern Launch will be spruiked as an end-to-end service provider, which can do everything required to launch a small-lift rocket into space – essentially, an airport for a rocket ship.

The company has an agreement with South Korean company Perigee Aerospace to launch its rockets, with testing to commence in the fourth quarter of 2020 {2}.
https://www.afr.com/street-talk/three-two-one-liftoff-ey-raises-for-rocket-launch-biz-20200117-p53s9b

1) Could they build the site for $12million?

2) That's a six month delay to the previously advertised schedule!..

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #22 on: 05/28/2020 03:51 am »
Singapore company Equatorial Space Systems plan to launch their hybrid Dorado sounding rocket from the Southern Launch Koonibba Test Range, South Australia "in the very near future". Performance is 25 kg to over 100 km.

http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1856359837
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #23 on: 06/18/2020 12:21 am »
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Southern Launch staff took advantage of the beautiful Port Lincoln weather to do a fly-over of our Whalers Way launch site last week!

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6678541111453196289/
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #24 on: 07/03/2020 06:20 am »
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As this financial year comes to a close it’s good to reflect on the work the Southern Launch team has achieved over the past 12 months. A few highlights worth mentioning:
- Submitted Initial and Second stage Facility Applications for our Koonibba Test Range;
- Submitted an ASA Launch Permit for our first planned space launch from Koonibba Test Range;
- Submitted a CASA Launch Permit for our Koonibba Test Range;
- Received Major Development Status for our planned Orbital Launch Complex at Whalers Way;
- Signed launch contracts and have a number of agreements/ MOU's in place with customers for both Koonibba and Whalers Way;
- Completed design and flight safety analysis contracts for a range of customers;
- Concluded a highly successful Seed Funding Round;
- Moved into a new head office in Adelaide city;
- Grew from 4 to 16 staff.

A big thank you to all the companies and Government agencies who have supported us during this period of accelerated growth! We look forward to seeing what the next financial year brings us.

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6683620089004224513/

FWIW, at least one of the team is ex-RocketLab..
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going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #25 on: 07/19/2020 10:55 pm »
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Southern Launch prepares for lift off In South Australia

Southern Launch, founded in 2017, is developing a multi-user launch complex at the tip of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, offering a turn-key launch service solution to polar and sun-synchronous orbit.

In addition to providing the complete launch infrastructure, Southern Launch has the ability to undertake flight and range safety, vehicle design, avionics componentry and assist with launch permitting and other support services. The year-round temperate weather coupled with the highly skilled local workforce and a robust logistics supply network enables a launch site that offers high cadence launch operations at cost competitive prices.

The growing global demand for launch services and a world class launch location has attracted several early investors, with Southern Launch running an oversubscribed seed funding round at the end of 2019 with a larger Series A round to be finalised in coming months.

With a highly skilled team drawing on previous experience with the Australian Department of Defence, commercial launch providers, and global infrastructure companies, the Southern Launch team offers unique capabilities to enable safe, secure, and efficient launch operations.

Southern Launch have signed a number of agreements with launch service providers and launch vehicle manufacturers from around the world, including companies based in South Korea, Singapore, Germany, USA, Canada, Poland and the Netherlands.

While some launch service providers are looking for a launch site for their maiden (test) flights, looking further ahead, all customers have recognized the incredible potential of the Whalers Way location for regular commercial launches, and the cost effective and efficient services offered them by Southern Launch's complete launch service solution.

CEO, Southern Launch, Lloyd Damp, says: 'The space industry is in the midst of a rapid transition seeing increasing impact of the private sector providing services to Government agencies such as NASA. Small satellites, in the class of 1 to 500 kg, are a major part of this transition and need suitable locations to be launched from. Our Whalers Way site in South Australia meets this market demand and with the ongoing support from the Australian Space Agency and South Australian Government, we are on track to realise this very real opportunity for Australia.'

Construction of the Whaler's Way Orbital Launch Complex is scheduled to be completed ahead of the first launch in 2021, with Southern Launch already contracted for flights.

https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Southern_Launch_prepares_for_lift_off_In_South_Australia_999.html
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #26 on: 07/24/2020 06:42 am »
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Southern Launch has conducted the initial phase of geotechnical investigations in support of our Development Application for the Whalers Way Launch Complex. Works are being supervised by our geotechnical engineers from WALLBRIDGE GILBERT AZTEC (WGA).

Geotechnical investigations evaluate the physical properties of the soil and rock strata and is essential to enable the design of the footings, foundations and pavements. The geotechnical investigations have been undertaken using a drilling rig rather than excavator cutting pits in order to reduce impact on the native flora on the site.

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6691900756250910720/
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #27 on: 07/27/2020 11:08 pm »
Alex Linossier (Project Manager - Launch Campaigns, Southern Launch) gave an interesting and well-presented update to the Space Association of Australia's July 2020 Virtual Meeting last night.  Highlights included:

*  Perigee have signed up to be first, but SL have a number of other customers lined-up, including from the USA, Canada and Europe (and Australia of course).
*  Whalers Way to be a "multi-user" facility - customers bring their own rockets and mobile launch stand, hook up and fly.
*  No current plans to launch anything as large as F9.
*  First launch from Whalers Way likely to be Perigee's "Blue Whale 1" configured as a sub-orbital sounding rocket using the first stage only.  If successful, the next flight would add the "Marlin" second stage for an orbital test "very soon after".
*  Launches are all polar or SSO, mostly earth observation and communications, including Defence payloads
*  Inclinations from nearly 45deg East (to miss the tip of Kangaroo Island and Tasmania) around to full retrograde West can be accommodated
*  Expect the first launch from Koonibba "within a few weeks"!

EDIT to add this latest write-up:  https://spaceaustralia.com/index.php/news/southern-launch-australia-ready-rocket-polar-orbit
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #28 on: 07/28/2020 06:27 am »
Here's the launch site. Looks very similar to Rocketlab's LC-1. Launch of Blue Whale 1 delayed to 2021. Two launches of DEWC payloads from Koonibba delayed to 4qt 2020. The payloads are presumably DSX-001 and DSX-002. Not sure what the blue area south of the launch pad is. Looks like a swimming pool.

https://southernlaunch.space/upcominglaunches
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #29 on: 07/30/2020 04:33 am »
Southern Launch partners with T-Minus Engineering for DART rocket
Stephen Kuper
30 July 2020

Southern Launch has selected the T-Minus Engineering DART rocket to launch DEWC’s prototype payload on a parabolic trajectory into space at the Koonibba Rocket Test Range later this year.

https://www.spaceconnectonline.com.au/launch/4458-southern-launch-partners-with-t-minus-engineering-for-dart-rocket
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #30 on: 07/31/2020 01:38 am »
Southern Launch partners with T-Minus Engineering for DART rocket
Stephen Kuper
30 July 2020

Southern Launch has selected the T-Minus Engineering DART rocket to launch DEWC’s prototype payload on a parabolic trajectory into space at the Koonibba Rocket Test Range later this year.

https://www.spaceconnectonline.com.au/launch/4458-southern-launch-partners-with-t-minus-engineering-for-dart-rocket

Must have been a really slow news day!  :)  That announcement was made back in February - here's your post from back then: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=46926.msg2048472#msg2048472
 
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #31 on: 07/31/2020 02:20 am »
Not sure what the blue area south of the launch pad is. Looks like a swimming pool.

It's a dam - for irrigation and fire/deluge water recovery.
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going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #32 on: 08/07/2020 04:05 am »
Southern Launch signs brokerage agreement with HOSTmi
Stephen Kuper
07 August 2020

Australian-based Southern Launch has partnered with German-based online B2B platform HOSTmi to facilitate the matching of payloads with available launch capacity.

https://www.spaceconnectonline.com.au/launch/4470-southern-launch-signs-brokerage-agreement-with-hostmi
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #33 on: 08/07/2020 05:33 am »
Not that picture AGAIN!?!!  Presumably SpaceConnect have nothing else in their archive...  ::)

EDIT:  Here's a better article: https://spaceaustralia.com/news/southern-launch-and-hostmi-match-made-new-space-age
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #34 on: 08/14/2020 06:40 am »
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I thought I might share with you a sneak peek of the DEWC Systems, DEWC-SP1 which will be making its maiden flight aboard a T-Minus Engineering DART rocket and launched at the Southern Launch rocket range at Koonibba very soon.

This tiny payload will be going to the edge of space at almost 100km altitude to perform a radio frequency sensing mission to enhance our capability and to progress our larger program delivering sovereign space based EW capability to Australia.
This small payload is narrower than a 20 cent piece and only 27cm long, it will survive up to 40Gs at launch and will be exposed to the harsh space weather environment as it passes through the outer edges of Earth's atmosphere. It will then descend reaching speeds of up to 5 times the speed of sound.

The payload will be protected from the heat by a specially designed ceramic heat shield and slowed using a kevlar parachute so that it can perform its mission. It will be transmitting all the sensed information to our purpose built ground station for display on the DEWC Dashboard and will simultaneously be transmitted via secure communication links to our team in Adelaide at in Canberra. Our team have done an amazing job putting a lot of smarts into a very small space.
https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6699550165285634048/
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #35 on: 08/21/2020 05:07 am »
Making slow progress! The Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex is now awaiting government approval:

https://plan.sa.gov.au/state_snapshot/development_activity/major_projects/majors/sleaford_southern_launch
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #36 on: 08/23/2020 05:14 am »
I really like the layout of the whalersway launch site. Expecially the fact that the flameduct is excavater into the ground.

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #37 on: 08/26/2020 05:08 am »
First two launches from Koonibba are scheduled for 15 and 19 September. They will be using the T-Minus DART rocket carrying DEWC (Defence Electronic Warfare Company) TED-01 and TED-02 payloads.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-25/south-australian-rocket-launch-to-collect-data-for-satellites/12594386

https://southernlaunch.space/upcominglaunches
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #38 on: 08/27/2020 04:42 am »
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #39 on: 08/27/2020 11:20 pm »
“This event is more than just Australia’s first launch, but a testament to Australian companies coming together with our international partners to push the boundaries of the conceivable and inspire future generations to be space farers” – Lloyd Damp, CEO Southern Launch

https://spacewatch.global/2020/08/australias-first-launch-from-australias-first-people/
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
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