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Australian Space Agency

Discussion in 'Space Technology' started by hauritz, Dec 12, 2018.

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  1. hauritz

    hauritz Active Member

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    South Australia will be home to Australia' s new space agency. Just sounds like baby steps at the moment but by 2030 the space industry could create up to 20,000 jobs.

    SA beats strong competition to be home to Australia's new space agency

    It is also good to see Australia once again seriously getting back into the space industry. A little known fact is that Australia was actually the third nation to build and launch a satellite back in the 1960s. Joe Bjelke-Petersen ... the former premier of Queensland ... was pushing the idea of a spaceport back in the 1980s. For those who remember old Joe you would hardly describe him as a visionary but even he saw the potential of this industry.

    Anyway with around a hundred satellites launched every year and that number expected to increase dramatically over the coming decades its good to see Australia belatedly re-entering the space industry.
     
  2. Stampede

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    Good to see Australia coming on board with this Industry.
    Congrats to SA for getting the space gig, but can anyone confirm if there is an advantage in launching rockets closer to the equator.
    No expert in this field so happy to be advised.

    Regards S
     
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    Ananda Well-Known Member

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    Why is it better to launch a spaceship from near the equator?

    Not an expert..but this can explain on the benefits of Equatorial Space Launch. In sense the earth moving faster in Equator thus space launch in Equator can benefit from inertia effect. This means you can launch more payload with relative less fuel relative to non Equator launch sites.

    At least that's what I read of.
     
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    Yes, launching closer to the equator is better as rockets don’t have to be as powerful since the surface velocity is highest at the equator and diminishes as you move to higher latitudes.
     
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    ngatimozart Super Moderator Staff Member Verified Defense Pro

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    We had another launch from the Mahia Peninsula with Rocket Labs first commercial launch on 11th November. They are also placing a NASA payload into orbit, I think, next launch.
     
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    I'm still utterly devastated that my suggestion of the Australian Research (&) Space Enterprise was not adopted as the name for our space agency alas not to be. Rocket Labs next launch is meant to be a payload of about 80kg worth of nano-sats for NASA from what I recall reading somewhere.
     
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    ngatimozart Super Moderator Staff Member Verified Defense Pro

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    Some people just have no sense of humour. :D:D:D
     
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    ngatimozart Super Moderator Staff Member Verified Defense Pro

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