The Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex is located on the tip of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia and will be the only commercial, multi-user site that offers:
· Proximity to established industry infrastructure that can support rocket launches;
· Good year-round weather; and
· Unhindered southward launch trajectories across unpopulated areas with low density air and nautical traffic lanes.
The Launch Complex covers approximately 1200 Ha (2965 acres) of open land with over 6 km (3.72 miles) of ocean frontage.
The large land size ensures each launch facility will support direct ascent to orbit flight trajectories out over the Great Australian Bight, maximizing spacecraft payloads and profitability.
Southern Launch can offer our customers greater launch window availability, and hence launch schedule flexibility. This will translate into more launches and profit for rocket manufacturers, and a quicker time to orbit for satellite manufacturers.
Ultimately Southern Launch’s plan is to build and supply the launch infrastructure to enable rocket and satellite manufacturers to come on site and launch their rockets within 48 hours’ notice. In doing so, Southern Launch will usher in the new paradigm for Just-In-Time space access.
Southern Launch is committed to developing the next generation of Australian space explorers and are working with some of Australia’s leading STEM educators and schools to make space an Australian everyday word.