Western Australia’s first spacecraft ready to take off

Western Australia’s first spacecraft ready to take off

Press release from:
Posted: Monday August 23 2021

The countdown has begun for the historic launch of Binar-1 – Western Australia’s first highly integrated spacecraft set to revolutionize Australia’s access to space.

The Binar-1 CubeSat, designed, coded and built by staff and students at Curtin University’s Space Science and Technology Center (SSTC), is expected to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., On a SpaceX rocket on August 28, then deployed from the International Space Station (ISS).

The Premier, the Honorable Mark McGowan, and the Minister of Science, the Honorable Roger Cook, joined the Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University, Professor Harlene Hayne, the Director of CSTS, Distinguished Professor John Curtin Phil Bland and SSTC students for the official start of the countdown at the University’s Bentley Campus this morning.

Professor Hayne said the Binar space program – led by the SSTC in partnership with remote operations experts Fugro and supported by the industry-led consortium AROSE (Australian Remote Operations for Space and Earth) – was leading the trip to WA in space and would offer a revolutionary space. capacity across the country.

“Curtin’s incredible work on the Binar satellites through our Space Science Technology Center has put us in the driver’s seat to deliver real results for the Australian and Australian space industries,” said Professor Hayne.

“The team also developed an outstanding academic outreach program to put space technology in the hands of students, giving them hands-on experience and real-world inspiration to generate the space workforce of the future right here in WA. .

“It will also advance Curtin’s goal of enriching WA’s economy and workforce, connecting the Binar program to local industries and connecting them to a real pathway to the burgeoning space sector. “

Prof Bland said the Binar-1 launch was just the start, with bigger goals on the horizon.

“The Binar space program has six more launches planned over the next 18 months. For context, in its history, our nation has flown only 15 spacecraft built in Australia. Our new design allows us to make spacecraft affordable and space accessible to WA innovators, ”said Professor Bland.

“We will be able to control and command our missions from Perth via Fugro’s Australian Space Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Complex (SpAARC), which will use binary cubesats to test operating protocols remotely on a spaceship in orbit.

“Our ultimate goal is to have a WA-built spacecraft on the Moon by 2025. Space missions like this don’t just inspire, they also spur innovation. The launch of Binar-1 is our first real step towards this goal. Being able to build spacecraft affordably means that we can quickly iterate the technology, which is a key element in developing advanced systems for exploration, which then benefit other industrial sectors as well. “

Curtin’s Moon mission will also allow WA to build and operate Binar CubeSats, on a large scale, to support defense, scientific, commercial and civilian space missions.

Premier Mark McGowan has said the launch of Binar-1 will be a big step forward for the WA space segment.

“It is extremely exciting to see firsthand the strong partnership between industry and academia that puts WA in space,” said Premier McGowan.

“The launch of Binar-1 positions WA as a major player in the Australian space sector, leading to the diversification of its economy into a forward-looking industry and creating a new, highly skilled workforce with capabilities easily transferable between ‘space and other sectors, such as mining and resources’

After launch, it will take about a day for Binar-1 to get to the ISS. The spacecraft will then be deployed into low earth orbit where the team will contact the Curtin University ground station. The main objective of Binar-1 is to test all the critical space systems that will help us take us to the Moon. The two cameras aboard Binar-1 will aim to capture images of the WA coast and relay them back to Earth.

WA audiences are invited to be a part of history by

• follow @binarspacewa on social media;

• register to see the launch online;

• watch the launch live and replay at the Yagan Square digital tower; and

• Visit the Big Binar at the WA Museum and write a message in space upon launch.

Further information on the Binar program, including when Binar-1 will launch and links to watch it in real time, is available at binarspace.com.


Notes to editor:

*** Binar (BIN-ah) is named after the Noongar word for fireball. “Yirra yirra Binar worl-ngut koorliny [“high, high, fireball sky-near going”] : this represents where we come from and our goals for the future.

*** Please note that the planned launch date of August 28 is subject to change at any time and in the short term.

About Curtin Space Science Technology Center:

Curtin University has a long and respected history in defense and space research. It has been involved in space since before the first moon landing in 1969 and now, through SSTC, has the largest planetary science research group in the southern hemisphere.

The SSTC uniquely brings together pure and applied research in space and planetary sciences, with engineering and industry engagement. It is the official representative of the Australian planetary science community to NASA and its scientists are world leaders in most areas of solar system research and planetary exploration. SSTC engineers have developed deep space qualified hardware for landers on Mars and Titan and have led software engineering teams for several European Space Agency missions.

SSTC researchers are members of a scientific team on 7 current missions (through NASA, ESA, JAXA and CNSA) and 5 previous planetary missions. SSTC works with SMEs and industry, most recently in partnership with Lockheed Martin Australia, translating Desert Fireball Network technology into a FireOPAL space domain knowledge solution for Australian defense.

About Curtin University

Curtin University is the largest university in Western Australia, with over 59,000 students. In addition to the university’s main campus in Perth, Curtin also has a major regional campus in Kalgoorlie and a campus in Midland, as well as four global campuses in Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius. Curtin’s staff and students come from Australia and 100 other countries around the world, with half of our international students studying at Curtin’s offshore campuses.

Curtin is ranked in the top percent of universities in the world, with the university ranking 9th in Australia according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2021.

The University has built a reputation around innovation and entrepreneurship, being at the forefront of many high-level research projects in astronomy, biosciences, economics, mining and mining technologies. information. He is also recognized worldwide for his close links with industry and for his commitment to preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow.

For more information, visit curtin.edu.au.

Media contacts:

Lucien Wilkinson, media consultant, Curtin University

Phone. : (08) 9266 9185 Mobile: 0401 103 683 Email: [email protected] Vanessa Beasley, Deputy Director, Media Relations, Curtin University

Tel: (08) 9266 1811 Mobile: 0466 853 121 E-mail: [email protected]

Curtin University Media Relations

Web: http://news.curtin.edu.au/media-centre/ Twitter: @CurtinMedia

LinkedIn: Curtin Media

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