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On track for first rocket launch

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WHITSUNDAY Councillors joined Acting Mayor John Collins for a tour of progress at the Gilmour Space Technologies Bowen Orbital Spaceport last week (July 20).

Gilmour Space Launch Operations Supervisor Adam Williams thanked WRC for its support and told Councillors all was on track for the first rocket launch later this year.

Construction on Australia’s first orbital launch facility at the Abbott Point State Development Area is well underway with contractors working on the construction shed and launch pad.

The rockets will be manufactured at Gilmour’s Gold Coast manufacturing hub before being transported to the Bowen launch site.

Gilmour Space predicts that up to 92 rocket launches annually could be conducted from the Spaceport, by 2032.

When the facility becomes operational, rockets carrying small satellites will be the most common item launched into low-Earth orbit.

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