Curtin University’s Binar CubeSat, the first satellite model fully designed and built in Australia, is set to launch into space later this year.
The five launches planned for the next two years will be aided by $500,000 in funding from the State Government.
The funding will be used by Curtin University to employ two senior engineers to support the scheduled launch of five Binar CubeSats in 2021 and 2022.
The planned launch schedule for the Binar CubeSat will see it enter low earth orbit well in advance of the recently announced South Australian SASAT1 satellite.
The satellite can be used for a range of applications such as remote sensing, imaging, communications and defence.
In partnership with Tokyo-based start-up Space BD Inc, Curtin will release WA’s first spacecraft from the International Space Station into low earth orbit in late 2021.
If all five launches are successful, they will be Australia’s first home grown constellation of satellites in space.
”This new funding will support Curtin University’s mission to launch five Binar CubeSats to space, and cement WA’s position as the nation’s leader in the development and operation of CubeSats in space,” Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly said.
“The McGowan Government has ensured STEM outreach as part of the funding to provide WA schools the opportunity to be involved in the program, and inspire the next generation of students to pursue a career in the space industry.
“The Binar CubeSat technology is set to become Australia’s most validated spacecraft, boosting WA’s burgeoning space industry.”
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