WA’s first Binar-1 satellite heads to International Space Station


Image credit: Curtin University

The first space satellite to be fully designed and built in Western Australia, Binar-1, will take off on its maiden mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral in the United States on 28 August 3:37pm AWST.  

The Binar-1 CubeSat project, which received $500,000 in funding from the state government, was developed by a team of students and engineers at Curtin University’s Space Science and Technology Centre. 

“Western Australia is about to make history with the state’s first space mission,” WA premier Mark McGowan said. 

“I am immensely proud of the students and engineers who have developed this amazing technology, which opens so many doors for future missions and collaboration with the public and private sectors. 

The team at Curtin University used commodity electronics manufacturing processes to construct a cost-effective sovereign spacecraft, enabling easy access to space for students, researchers, industry and defence. 

After it is launched, the spacecraft will then be deployed into low-earth orbit. 

Binar-1 will validate the technology in space and lay the foundations for future Moon missions to locate and produce high resolution digital mapping of resources on the Moon’s surface.  

The technology could become the most validated and flight-proven Australian spacecraft. 

WA science minister, Roger Cook, said Binar-1 was a huge milestone in the state’s 60-year history of space.

“This will be such a pivotal moment for our state – and is set to inspire future generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts,” Cook said.  

“Everyone in Western Australia should find time to tune into this historic launch and celebrate the achievements of this amazing feat.” 

Over the past 18 months, the state government has committed more than $6.25 million to enhance the capability and capacity of the state’s space sector. 

Seven Binar CubeSat launches are planned for this year and 2022. 

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