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NASA completes suborbital launch from commercial spaceport in Australia

Early this morning NASA successfully completed its first rocket launch from Australia since 1995, launching a suborbital payload from a new commercial spaceport on the northern coast of Australia.

The rocket is Nasa’s first of three to blast off from the newly constructed Arnhem Space Centre on the edge of the Northern Territory. Scientists hope it will help them study the impact of a star’s light on the habitability of nearby planets.

Onlookers who travelled to the remote site glimpsed the rocket for only about 10 seconds before it shot out of view.

After a short fifteen minute flight the sounding rocket and payload were recovered. The next suborbital launch is scheduled for July 4th.

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Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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2 comments

  • Steve Richter

    Is there a US law that says American commercial launch providers can only launch from the US? Would this NASA launch from Australia relax that rule/law? I am thinking about SpaceX being both being delayed by US environmental regulations and also required to launch from a space port in the US. If NASA can launch from Australia, would SpaceX be allowed to setup a space port in that country also?

  • Steve Richter: There is no law that forbids American companies from launching in other countries, but there are laws that forbid launches from some specific countries (such as China), and other regulations that put serious restrictions on how the technology is brought to the countries that are permitted. These restrictions are related to preventing technology transfers to nations that might not be our friends.

    Virgin Orbit has deals with multiple countries to launch from their airports. It plans a UK launch this summer, and just signed a deal with Brazil. Rocket Lab, a U.S. company, has so far done ALL its launches from New Zealand.

    So yes, SpaceX could set up a launch facility in another country. This would not however eliminate the company from U.S. regulation. Not in the slightest.

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