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‘A giant leap towards Moon’: Launching Australia’s first scratch-built satellite

24/08/2021 03:55 PM | Click to read full article

On August 28, a SpaceX rocket will blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, carrying supplies bound for the International Space Station. But also on board will be a small satellite that represents a giant leap into space for our research programme in Western Australia.

The satellite, called Binar-1 after the Nyungar word for “fireball”, was designed and built from scratch at Curtin University’s Space Science and Technology Centre.