Aussie satellite blasts off on SpaceX rocket

Onboard a Space-X Falcon 9 rocket, CUAVA-1 will carry experimental payloads for deployment from the International Space Station.

It’s no secret we love space and all things space careers, so we’re always excited to hear about Aussies doing amazing things in this field.

And something truly out-of-this world is happening on Saturday, August 28! CUAVA-1, an Australian designed and built spacecraft, will be launched onboard a Space-X Falcon 9 SpX-23 rocket.

It’s scheduled launch time is 5.37pm AEST, from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida and you’ll be able to catch it on NASA Live TV.

The aim of this mission is to…

  • Investigate Earth’s plasma environment and space weather using onboard radiation detectors
  • Observe Earth using novel imaging technology
  • Test equipment designed for use in a future satellite that will search for signs of life on planets around Alpha Centauri, our nearest star system
  • Link with the international amateur radio union for education and outreach

So why is it such a big deal? Well, it’s one of many missions expected to help pave the way for the development of a sustained commercial and scientific space industry in NSW and Australia.

The Director of CUAVA (the peeps behind this project), Professor Iver Cairns from the School of Physics at the University of Sydney, says, “This mission shows that Australian universities are at the forefront of our emerging national space industry. Our CUAVA Training Centre is leading in the development of near-Earth space technology and is a critical link in training the next generation of space engineers and scientists.”

Iver Cairns, Xueliang Bai and Yongho Eun with CUAVA-1 in the lab.

It’s pretty major for future jobs too, with the NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres saying, “CUAVA is leading the way in developing the space technology of the future and training the people that will use it. Our state is home to almost half of Australia’s space-related businesses and generates around half of all space-related revenue nationally: there is no better place to support space technology research and development to create the jobs of the future.”

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Louise Meers

Author: Louise Meers

Louise is the production editor for Careers with STEM. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.


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