Phil Bland
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Western Australia is launching its first home-grown satellite into space this week

- August 23, 2021 2 MIN READ

A satellite designed and built by staff and students from Curtin University’s Space Science and Technology Centre (SSTC) is set to head to space this week aboard the SpaceX mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The Binar-1 CubeSat is Western Australia’s first home-grown satellite and will be part of the cargo aboard the SpaceX… Read more »

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6 things to think about, aside from the ticket price, before signing up to be a space tourist

- July 26, 2021 4 MIN READ

It’s been a momentous month for space-faring billionaires. On July 11, British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson’s Unity “rocket-plane” flew him and five fellow passengers about 85 kilometres above Earth. And this week, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard capsule reached an altitude of 106km, carrying Bezos, his brother, and the oldest and youngest people ever… Read more »

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Incubator Moonshot lands $250,000 federal grant for the next generation of space tech startups

- July 12, 2021 2 MIN READ

Space-focused tech incubator Moonshot has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the federal government’s Incubator Support Scheme to help develop space technology businesses. The grant delivers Moonshot a $500,000 boost thanks to matched backing from private investors. The funds will go towards expanding operations, launching new accelerator programs and amplifying support for local space startups.… Read more »

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Three Australian space startups are shooting for the moon and beyond

- July 4, 2021 2 MIN READ

Three South Australian startups have furthered their plans to support the international space industry. All based in Adelaide,  the companies include Fleet Space Technologies, Inovor Technologies and Southern Launch. Southern Launch has been approved to conduct three rocket test launches from its site at Whalers Way reserve on the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula… Read more »

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Spiral Blue’s ground-breaking image computer for satellites is now in space

- July 2, 2021 2 MIN READ

Sydney spacetech startup Spiral Blue has launched its first prototype computers, called Space Edge Zero (SEZ), into orbit aboard Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket. Spiral Blue’s SEZ computer will introduce in-space processing of satellite images, currently unavailable to Earth observation satellites. Traditionally, Earth observation data is downloaded into a raw format from Earth observation satellites and… Read more »

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A GIANT LEAP: Australian rocket startup Gilmour Space fires up with $61 million series C

- June 30, 2021 2 MIN READ

  The $61m series C included local VCs Blackbird & Main Sequence Gilmour Space plans to launch its first space mission from Australian soil in 2022 Its hybrid rocket offers an environmentally friendly, lower cost launch capability Gold Coast-based rocket design company Gilmour Space has landed a whopping $61 million (US$47m) series C round as… Read more »

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RMIT is launching a space tech industry hub

- June 23, 2021 2 MIN READ

Victoria is taking on South Australia in the local space race with RMIT University in Melbourne announced plans for a new Space Industry Hub for local companies and researchers. The Victorian government is backing the plan with $1 million in funding matched by SmartSat CRC.This funding will establish several flagship research projects aimed at connecting local… Read more »

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Space tourism is coming – all you need is $250,000 and be happy to sign your life away

- May 11, 2021 4 MIN READ

Billionaire Jeff Bezos’s space launch company Blue Origin has announced it will sell its first flights into microgravity to the highest bidder. Blue Origin and its two greatest competitors in the “space tourism” field, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, claim to be advancing humanity through the “democratisation” of space. But these joyrides aren’t opening up access… Read more »

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Space accelerator Moonshot just backed 11 startups shooting for the stars

- April 16, 2021 2 MIN READ

Space tech incubator Moonshot has nearly trebled its planned investments in local space startups, backing 11 ventures, rather than the four it had planned for 2021. As Moonshot beds down its space tech accelerator and pre-accelerator programs, CEO Troy McCann said they were overwhelmed by the quality of the applicants. “We coordinated a whopping 225… Read more »