Arnhem Space Centre

Equatorial Launch Australia’s (ELA) Arnhem Space Centre is preparing and planning for NASA to launch three sounding rockets from the site mid next year.

An international contingent from NASA was recently released from quarantine at the Centre for National Resilience and have been preparing for the historic rocket launch from North East Arnhem Land.

Equatorial Launch Australia chief executive Carley Scott said the teams working on the site and the equipment were world class, from NASA experts to the ELA team and local contractors.

“The equipment brought by NASA will provide the launch team with precision information about the rocket and its flight, and deliver sophisticated private range operations,” Ms Scott said.

Over the weekend 20 large containers carrying highly specialised scientific and communications equipment were transported from Gove Port to the Arnhem Space Centre.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said ELA and NASA were on the ground at the Arnhem Space Centre carrying out critical work in preparation of the launch next year.

“While we are working every day to keep Territorians safe from coronavirus, we are also preparing the Territory to be comeback capital,” Mr Gunner said.

“We are beautifully positioned to benefit from the space economy and the jobs it will deliver.”

From telemetry to towers, the equipment will be set up and tested, ready to support world class space-port operations and the launch of three sounding rockets next year.

NASA sounding rockets program office operations manager Scott Bissett said it was a major milestone for the NASA sounding rockets program to have all the systems delivered to the site.

Article by Floss Adams.