Western Australia’s first space satellite is set to launch into space this week as part of the CRS-23 commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station, scheduled to take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 28 August.
Binar-1 is the first integrated satellite fully designed and built in Western Australia. The state-of-the-art spacecraft has been developed by a team of students and engineers at Curtin’s Space Science Technology Centre (SSTC), in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Tokyo-based startup Space BD. After it is launched on 28 August, the spacecraft will then be deployed into low-earth orbit from the International Space Station.
The launch of Binar-1 is the first of seven launches planned over the next 18 months under the Binar Program. The Program is an important step toward the primary goal of the SSTC, to have a WA-built spacecraft at the moon by 2025. Binar-1 will validate the technology in space and lay the foundations for future Moon missions to locate and produce high resolution digital mapping of resources on the Moon’s surface.
The CubeSats have been developed using commodity electronics manufacturing processes to create a cost-effective spacecraft which enables easy access to space. The satellites can be used for a range of applications including remote sensing, imaging, communications, and defence. Ongoing experiments and testing of their remote capabilities will be conducted once they are in orbit. “This will be such a pivotal moment for our State – and is set to inspire future generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts” said Western Australia’s Science Minister, Roger Cook noting the significance of the event.
To provide the power of collaboration and industry support, the Australian Remote Operations for Space and Earth (AROSE) consortium, announced in February 2021, that it had signed an agreement with the Binar Space Programme. Further, the SSTC explained that they are also able to control and command their missions from Perth through working together with Fugro’s Australian Space Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Control Complex (SpAARC), which will use Binar satellites to test remote operation protocols on a spacecraft in orbit.
The launch will be live on NASA TV and is scheduled for 3:37pm AWST/09:37am BST. Watch it here.
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