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Australia's first orbital launch facility license awarded to Bowen Spaceport
Australia's first orbital spaceport: the Bowen Orbital Spaceport in North QLD
Australia's first orbital launch facility license awarded to Bowen Spaceport
by Simon Mansfield
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 05, 2024

Australia is poised to make a giant leap in its space exploration and commercialization efforts with the green light for its first orbital launch site, the Bowen Orbital Spaceport, located in Queensland. This historic milestone comes with the approval of the country's inaugural orbital launch facility license under the Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018, setting the stage for domestic and commercial space activities to soar to new heights.

The spaceport, nestled within the Abbot Point State Development Area in North Queensland, represents a significant development for the Australian space sector. Built and operated by Gilmour Space Technologies, an innovative Australian launch services provider, the facility is geared up to offer a range of commercial orbital launch services. These include launching satellite platforms and facilitating both dedicated and rideshare missions aboard their Eris rocket, targeting low Earth orbit (LEO) commencements from 2025.

The issuance of the license by Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic, who also oversees the Australian Space Agency, underscores a robust vote of confidence in Gilmour Space Technologies' technical prowess and its contribution to Australia's burgeoning space industry. This approval not only marks a significant milestone for the company but also heralds the dawn of Australia's capability to launch its first sovereign-made rockets into space.

Further bolstering the spaceport's operational readiness, Gilmour Space Technologies has secured the nod from the federal Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water. This comprehensive approval process ensures the spaceport's operations at Abbot Point align with environmental and safety standards, paving the way for sustainable space activities.

Adam Gilmour, Co-founder and CEO of Gilmour Space, encapsulated the sentiment of a nation on the cusp of expanding its space frontier, stating, "Australia now has a 'road' to space." This metaphorical 'road' signifies more than just a launch platform; it represents a gateway to numerous possibilities for scientific research, commercial opportunities, and international collaboration in space endeavors.

The near-term focus for the Bowen Orbital Spaceport is the eagerly anticipated Eris TestFlight 1. This inaugural launch, targeting the coming months, is pending the Australian Space Agency's approval of the necessary launch permit. This mission will not only serve as a critical test of the Eris rocket's capabilities but also as a tangible demonstration of Australia's commitment to securing its place in the global space community.

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