In the Southern Hemisphere, the continental mass of Australia, presents another line of global optimal strategic launch options. Traditionally, the Eyre Peninsula, and Woomera in South Australia are seen as the best location to reach High-Inclination Orbits: An orbit of a Spacecraft that has a high tilted angle from the Equator, as well as the Polar Orbit market. The Eyre Peninsula launches fly Southwards over the Great Australian Bight, over water where there is no delicate marine environments and has minimal air and maritime traffic. While landwards, the flightpath is over coastline with very-low population occupation.
We speak with Dr Chris Flaherty on Australia’s spaceport options and current space launch activities, including with Gilmour Space, Southern Launch and Black Arrow Space Technologies.
LINKS & FURTHER READING
UK-Australia Space Bridge – Sydney event, May 11 – Register at
Sovereign Launch Strategy
Australia in Space Magazine
AUST GOV ANNOUCEMENT
Arnhem Space Centre