Yesterday the Hon Karen Andrews MP share the exciting news re the granting of the first ever launch facility licence. From the media release:
“Australia’s space sector is set to rocket to new heights, with the first ever launch facility licence granted to local company Southern Launch.
The launch facility licence for the Koonibba Test Range in regional South Australia will open the door for the site to become a launch pad for future commercial launches of suborbital rockets.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said ensuring a regulatory framework that balances safety and entrepreneurism is crucial to growing the Australian space sector.
“This is a major milestone for the Australian space sector and will unlock opportunities for our local space businesses to help them grow and create local jobs,” Minister Andrews said.
“It will contribute to fuelling national capability as the civil space sector rapidly grows and transforms and becomes an even more important economic contributor.”
The Space Industry of Australia (SIAA)
The Space Industry of Australia is the national peak body for the space industry in Australia,
representing more than 600 members. Formed in 1992, SIAA hosted the 2017 International Astronautical
Congress in Adelaide which led to the establishment of the Australian Space Agency in 2018. SIAA and
its member companies work closely with Australian governments, international partners, academia, and
industry to advance Australia’s space industry and economy.