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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #280 on: 04/27/2023 07:20 am »
I'm getting the impression that Southern Launch are tired of rocket builders (ATSpace, etc.) claiming they can do amazing things and not being able to deliver.

The next few months should be interesting.  Watch this space!
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #281 on: 04/27/2023 07:32 am »
I'm getting the impression that Southern Launch are tired of rocket builders (ATSpace, etc.) claiming they can do amazing things and not being able to deliver.

The next few months should be interesting.  Watch this space!
If they'd done their homework would've realised that is the norm for newspace launch.

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #282 on: 05/19/2023 08:03 am »
26 Apr
Iconic moment for international space development Australia’s Southern Launch teams up with UK’s Space Forge

Leading Australian space launch provider Southern Launch has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UK based Space Forge at the International Space Symposium to explore ­possibilities of Satellite Return to Southern Launch’s Koonibba Test Range.

https://www.southernlaunch.space/news-archive/iconic-moment-for-international-space-development-australias-southern-launch-teams-up-with-uks-space-forge
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #283 on: 06/12/2023 11:46 pm »
This is older news now (not sure now it slipped through) but seems to be a promising detour - a permanent launch facility at Koonibba:

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Southern Launch proud to partner with the Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation to develop world-class spaceport

Southern Launch and the Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation will begin work on permanent world-class space facilities after the Federal Government awarded almost $4.5 million in funding to the Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation.

Southern Launch CEO Lloyd Damp says, ‘This funding will enable us to work with the Koonibba community to develop world-class space facilities that secure a high-tech future for the community.  The Koonibba Test Range brings a global industry to South Australia’s doorstep and we’re excited about the opportunities this will bring to the community through employment, investment and inspiration.’

The Koonibba Test Range is jointly operated by Southern Launch and the Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation and is one of the largest commercial rocket testing facilities in the world. The range is Australia’s first licensed space launch facility and has a long list of local and international customers ready to use the range to launch and accept re-entries of ground-breaking space technology.

https://www.southernlaunch.space/news-archive/southern-launch-proud-to-partner-with-the-koonibba-community-aboriginal-corporation-to-develop-world-class-spaceport
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #284 on: 06/13/2023 06:52 am »
This is older news now (not sure now it slipped through) but seems to be a promising detour - a permanent launch facility at Koonibba:

I posted that news on 18 April. You even liked my post!

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=46926.msg2476668#msg2476668
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #285 on: 06/13/2023 07:51 am »
This is older news now (not sure now it slipped through) but seems to be a promising detour - a permanent launch facility at Koonibba:

I posted that news on 18 April. You even liked my post!

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=46926.msg2476668#msg2476668

Oops! I did indeed.  My bad. :-[
« Last Edit: 06/14/2023 04:20 am by CameronD »
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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 #286 on: 06/29/2023 11:41 pm »
From LinkedIn:
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Southern Launch:  We are thrilled to be a part of this joint project with Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and German Aerospace Center (DLR):

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR): We're excited to share the next phase of the fundamental research Boundary Layer Transition flight experiment, BOLT-1B, a joint international venture with AFRL/AFOSR, Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, German Aerospace Center (DLR), and Southern Launch. The collaboration will provide opportunities for Australian and U.S. universities to continue exploring the fundamentals of aerodynamics in high speed flight research, and supports building the next generation of STEM experts by providing hands-on research opportunities culminating in a launch in Australia. We'll keep you posted on the progress! Image: original BOLT experiment undergoing vibration testing at Johns Hopkins APL ca. Dec 2019
Credit: AFOSR/Johns Hopkins APL Air Force Research Laboratory #HighRiskHighReward #BasicResearch #HighSpeedAerodynamics #FlightResearch #STEM #FundamentalResearch

For those not in the know, DSTG is Australia's version of DARPA.
« Last Edit: 06/29/2023 11:43 pm by CameronD »
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 #287 on: 07/20/2023 06:39 am »
I'm getting the impression that Southern Launch are tired of rocket builders (ATSpace, etc.) claiming they can do amazing things and not being able to deliver.

The next few months should be interesting.  Watch this space!
If they'd done their homework would've realised that is the norm for newspace launch.

Agreed. very much a 'cart before the horse' issue here imho.

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #288 on: 07/22/2023 02:14 am »
Southern Launch have updated their logo. There should be some launches in the next 12 months.

https://www.southernlaunch.space/news-archive/southern-launch-reveals-new-logo-and-branding

"Australian space company Southern Launch is celebrating growing from a start-up with big ideas to a pioneer of Australia’s space industry with a brand new logo. "
...
"Lloyd says ‘The next 12 months at Southern Launch are incredibly exciting and solidify our place as the leading launch services provider in Australia. We have a number of launches planned with customers from around the world and we can’t wait to showcase the Australian space industry on a global stage.’"
« Last Edit: 07/22/2023 02:17 am by Steven Pietrobon »
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #289 on: 07/23/2023 11:18 pm »
Southern Launch have updated their logo. There should be some launches in the next 12 months.

Personally, I preferred their old logo.  ..although I'm looking forward to seeing what they have in store!
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #290 on: 08/04/2023 04:19 am »
There should be some launches from Koonibba later this year.

https://www.southernlaunch.space/news-archive/a-new-frontier-for-space-in-australia-with-approval-granted-for-a-permanent-commercial-space-launch-facility-in-koonibba

2 Aug. A new frontier for space in Australia with approval granted for a permanent commercial space launch facility in Koonibba

Southern Launch and the Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation will begin work on Australia’s first permanent commercial sub-orbital space launch facility after planning consent was granted for the Koonibba Test Range.

Southern Launch CEO Lloyd Damp says, ‘The development of permanent, world-class facilities at the Koonibba Test Range will put Australia on the map as a space-faring nation. What we have to offer at Koonibba is unique, highly sought after and complements our orbital facility at Whalers Way. We have a long list of global customers ready to use the range and we’re excited about the incredible opportunities this presents for Koonibba and South Australia.’

The Koonibba Test Range is one of the largest commercial rocket testing facilities in the world. Jointly operated by the Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation and Southern Launch, the range is used to launch sub-orbital missions to the edge of space to conduct experiments and validate space technology. The range can also be used to accept re-entry of space technology from orbit.

Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation Chief Executive Corey McLennan says, ‘These facilities will provide employment, investment and educational opportunities for the Koonibba community. Partnering with Southern Launch to develop these facilities on our land secures our future as a community and provides an industry to support our people.’

Susan Close MP, Deputy Premier of South Australia and Minister for Defence and Space Industries says ‘South Australia is at the forefront of our national and international space efforts and approval of a permanent, world-class facility in Koonibba is another giant leap towards growing our share of the global space market.

‘Coupled with our strong space heritage, this unique Australian-first facility reaffirms the state’s position as a centre-of-gravity for space activity and supports the growth of an enduring sovereign capability.

‘South Australia’s space sector is thriving and the partnership between Southern Launch and the Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation is a remarkable example of the success and innovation that is made possible with collaboration.

‘The benefits of space-based technologies are infinite, and it is wonderful to see the positive impact space has had on the local Koonibba community continue to educate, inspire and create employment and investment opportunities in the region.’

The development of permanent facilities at the Koonibba Test Range will be an iterative process with the first stage focussed on a launch pad and storage facilities.

Enrico Palermo, Head of the Australian Space Agency says ‘Planning consent for the Koonibba Test Range is an important and major milestone for Southern Launch.

‘Having a test range like this on our doorstep will make it easier for our local innovators to test and validate their technology, as well as providing a safe returns destination for international space missions. It is a great example of the continuing growth and investment in the Australian space sector.

‘The partnership between Southern Launch and Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation is delivering outcomes for the local Indigenous community, as we look to do space in a uniquely Australian way.

The Agency’s Office of the Space Regulator continues to work with Southern Launch on their application for launch licencing of the Koonibba Test Range.’

The Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation will also begin planning for its space observatory. Corporation Chief Executive Corey McLennan says, ‘This observatory will combine our rich stargazing history as First Nations people with the ground-breaking space exploration happening from our lands. We hope the observatory will be a drawcard for every launch from the facility and must-see destination as people travel across Australia.’

It is expected that once operational the permanent facilities will contribute over $500,000 per annum for the Koonibba community. The project will also generate direct employment for members of the Koonibba Community and opportunities for other local contractors on the Eyre Peninsula.

For Southern Launch the development of permanent facilities helps propel Australia to the forefront of the global space industry. Damp says ‘Traditionally Australia has relied on other countries to help us launch our incredible technology to space. The Koonibba Test Range will provide the opportunity for local companies and universities to test and validate their technology to the edge of space without having to go overseas.’

Southern Launch has a number of missions set to launch from the range including the ReFEx mission in 2024 with the German Space Agency (DLR). The company also recently signed an MoU with UK based Space Forge to use the Koonibba Test Range as a re-entry point for their spacecraft. A number of other missions are also contracted to launch from the Koonibba Test Range later in 2023.
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #291 on: 08/04/2023 05:31 am »
There should be some launches from Koonibba later this year.

Fantastic news!! Can't wait to see it happen.  Where else but South Australia!
 
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #292 on: 09/18/2023 10:56 am »
Just come back from a very interesting presentation by Dr. Bradley Wheaton from John Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory on the BOLT (Boundary Layer Transition) hypersonic experiments. BOLT 1B is going to be flown on a Black Brant from Koonibba in July 2024. The large area of the range allows recovery of the vehicle and all the measurement data that is stored inside the vehicle that could not be transmitted to the ground.

BOLT 1A flew on 23 June 2021 on an S-31/Improved Orion. During the second stage burn the vehicle went into a coning motion, which resulted in the vehicle only reaching Mach 3.9, instead of the expected Mach 7. Flight simulations showed the problem was due to the asymmetric test vehicle, which had different pitch and yaw frequencies. As the roll frequency fell into the middle of these frequencies, this caused an unstable pitch-roll coupling. BOLT 1B will fly without any induced roll to prevent this from occurring, which was successfully tested on BOLT 2 on 21 March 2022.

https://indaily.com.au/news/business/2023/07/03/briefcase-business-snippets-from-around-south-australia-41/

"Joint experiment between Australia, Germany and the United States to take flight from Koonibba

South Australian launch service company, Southern Launch will be the location of the Boundary Layer Transition flight experiment, BOLT-1B."

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #293 on: 09/19/2023 12:27 pm »
Are there any news about the two remaining Kestrel/Hapith test flights?

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #294 on: 10/01/2023 11:04 pm »
It's been a little while with no news, although I thought this photo on Linkedin was interesting - not the people, so much as their in-house launch vehicle mock-up in the background.  We've seen it under construction, but I don't recall seeing pics of the completed vehicle before:
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We welcomed Federal Member for Sturt James Stevens MP and Senator Andrew McLachlan to our head office to learn more about Southern Launch and the Australian space industry.

It was great to show these two proud South Australian members of Federal Parliament how much we have achieved in a short time!
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #295 on: 10/06/2023 06:21 am »
It's been a little while with no news, although I thought this photo on Linkedin was interesting - not the people, so much as their in-house launch vehicle mock-up in the background.  We've seen it under construction, but I don't recall seeing pics of the completed vehicle before
In all honesty, that thing looks like a pub napkin design/reception art piece more than an actual flying sounding rocket. And if it's indeed a 2 stage (which I'd hope so given the forward fins) it wouldn't be stable post stage sep without active guidance. And once again, given the fins the only thing that could provide that would be cold gas or a gimballed motor.
Put blunt, that thing is a low altitude hobby rocket, not a suborbital sounding rocket.
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #296 on: 10/23/2023 12:15 am »
Southern Launch to blast off medicine factory into space

Southern Launch will next year conduct a launch for a business that manufactures pioneering medical treatments in space.
The agreement will see Californian-based Varda Space Industries blast off its equipment from the Koonibba Test Range in South Australia, as part of its second orbital mission.

Varda believes ‘in-space manufacturing’ could lead to the development of “lifesaving treatments” because of the natural advantages of being away from Earth, including microgravity and a vacuum.  The news comes after authorities granted permission for Southern Launch to upgrade the Koonibba Test Range, near Ceduna, South Australia, to become a permanent suborbital launch facility.

Southern Launch’s CEO Lloyd Damp said, “In-space manufacturing is the next evolution of humanity’s industrial capacity, and elements produced in orbit have the potential to change the course of history.

“The opportunities for South Australia are immense. It’s likely that by the end of this decade, everyday Australians will use products with parts manufactured in orbit.  This makes space the resource industry of the future, and we have the potential to expand on Australia’s high-tech manufacturing industry and develop the consumer end products right here in Australia.”

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“What we have to offer at Koonibba is unique, highly sought after, and complements our orbital facility at Whalers Way.  We have a long list of global customers ready to use the range and we’re excited about the incredible opportunities this presents for Koonibba and South Australia.”

https://www.spaceconnectonline.com.au/launch/6028-southern-launch-to-blast-off-medicine-factory-in-space
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With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #297 on: 10/23/2023 08:51 am »


Southern Launch to blast off medicine factory into space

Southern Launch will next year conduct a launch for a business that manufactures pioneering medical treatments in space.
The agreement will see Californian-based Varda Space Industries blast off its equipment from the Koonibba Test Range in South Australia, as part of its second orbital mission.


https://www.spaceconnectonline.com.au/launch/6028-southern-launch-to-blast-off-medicine-factory-in-space

Cameron you seem to have things mixed up.
 Varda will launch orbital capsule from USA and land it in South Australia.


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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #298 on: 10/23/2023 10:09 pm »

Southern Launch to blast off medicine factory into space

Southern Launch will next year conduct a launch for a business that manufactures pioneering medical treatments in space.
The agreement will see Californian-based Varda Space Industries blast off its equipment from the Koonibba Test Range in South Australia, as part of its second orbital mission.

https://www.spaceconnectonline.com.au/launch/6028-southern-launch-to-blast-off-medicine-factory-in-space

Cameron you seem to have things mixed up.
 Varda will launch orbital capsule from USA and land it in South Australia.

You're quite right.. what I posted was straight from the web article I quoted above and upon checking this morning it looks like they've updated it accordingly.  Here's the official write-up from Sothern Launch:

Varda Space Industries partners with Southern Launch to accept re-entry capsules at the Koonibba Test Range

https://www.southernlaunch.space/news-archive/varda-space-industries-partners-with-southern-launch-to-accept-re-entry-capsules-at-the-koonibba-test-range

I think I'll stick to the official reports from now on and let others play with rumours!  :)   
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Re: Southern Launch
« Reply #299 on: 12/20/2023 01:30 am »
With the ELA announcement happening at the same time, it seems there's a bit of a (friendly) race on to see who can be ready first.

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Christmas has come early with the commissioning of our Mid-Range Launcher reaching the final stages!

The team at Hydroil Pty Ltd have been putting the finishing touches on the launcher in Adelaide before we pack it up and transport it to the Koonibba Test Range ready for some launch campaigns in 2024!

Looks impressive!! ..even if a bit out of place in the back streets of Adelaide City.   8)
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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