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Watch as WA’s first satellite blasts into space on 28th August 2021.

It is a momentous occasion! A space satellite, designed and built in Western Australia, will be launched on the SpaceX CRS-23 commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station on 28th August.

Called the Binar-1 CubeSat, meaning fireball in the Noongar language, it was designed by Curtin University scientists and will be deployed into low-earth orbit from the International Space Station. 

This technology will position WA as the national leader in the development and operation of active spacecraft.

What Is Binar-1’s Mission?

Binar-1 will test and confirm the technology in space and establish the fundamentals for future  missions to the Moon, to locate and produce high resolution digital mapping of resources on the Moon’s surface. A total of seven Binar CubeSat launches are planned for this year and 2022.

When Will it Launch?

The Binar-1 CubeSat will take off from Cape Canaveral on Saturday, August 28th at 3.37pm, West Australian time.

How Can You Watch?

There are a couple of places to tune in and see this historic moment:

Curtin University's Prof Phil Bland with Binar-1 satellite. Image credit: Curtin University

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