LIFTOFF: Black Sky Aerospace conducted a commercial payload rocket launch from a sub-orbital launch facility in Goondiwindi last year. Photo: Black Sky Aerospace

LIFTOFF: Black Sky Aerospace conducted a commercial payload rocket launch from a sub-orbital launch facility in Goondiwindi last year. Photo: Black Sky Aerospace

Qld rockets to launch from Arnhem Space Centre

Jimboomba rocket manufacturer Black Sky Aerospace set to launch from Arnhem Space Centre

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Black Sky Aerospace has gained priority access to the Arnhem Space Centre.

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A LEADING rocket manufacturer, based in Jimboomba, will become the first in Australia to gain priority access to the Northern Territroy's Arnhem Space Centre.

Black Sky Aerospace's achievement comes one month after the company announced it won approval to build a facility to manufacture rocket fuel in Australia.

The Arnhem Space Centre provides a competitive edge over other large rocket launch complexes in terms of infrastructure and launch costs.

Director Blake Nikolic said priority access to the Arnhem Space Centre would provide his customers with the benefits of launching close to the equator.

"(Overseas) customers want to come to the Southern Hemisphere to launch," he said.

"They are looking for a geopolitically stable country with a large landmass.

"In the longer term, it allows us to continue developing nation leading rocket technologies that can carry payloads to orbit and beyond, using local expertise and our proven ability to create reliable vehicles."

Equatorial Launch Australia operates the Arnhem Space Centre, near Nhulunbuy, and plans to host NASA's first rocket launch from a non-government owned site.

READY TO LAUNCH: Equatorial Launch Australia CEO Carley Scott with Black Sky Aerospace director Blake Nikolic.

READY TO LAUNCH: Equatorial Launch Australia CEO Carley Scott with Black Sky Aerospace director Blake Nikolic.

ELA chief executive officer Carley Scott said the facility was among one of the world's most efficient launch sites.

"We are pleased to provide a launch platform that will significantly enhance the growth opportunities for Black Sky Aerospace as a vehicle of choice here and abroad into the future," Ms Scott said.

"Increasing access to local vehicle manufacturers is an exciting option for the site."

The two companies signed a letter of intent on Friday, October 18, to ensure site planning and development in the Northern Territory considers Black Sky Aerospace's current and future needs, according to customer interest.

Black Sky Aerospace conducted the first commercial payload rocket launch in Australia's only sub-orbital facility in Goondiwindi last year.

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