Space Ops Australia

Mission to the 99s

20/12/2019
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It started from challenges to launch a cubesat to space. Since 2015, we have come to learn a lot about the launch industry because of this unique change in the satellite market.

The engineering challenges to reach space are the same but the customers over the period are different. Individuals and teams seeking faster and more convenient means to access space. Greater flexibility with payloads of higher risk.

We are aim to be the next generation launch service provider to support these modern needs. We are working to provide the easiest experience to reach space but also the most timely. No more delays. More transparency. Better service for the next generation of customers.

A launch company from down under

Launch Tech

Space Ops works in a variety of engineering domains including mechanical, electrical, mechatronics and aerospace. We build the software and design the mechanical components in house. We rely on local manufacturers for CNC and machining and we source components from local developers.

We started from hobby rockets and high altitude balloons and have been moving our way up the technology chain to ever more risky engineering.

We are not afraid to try different fuels. Our time as a company has seen us use solid fuels as well as gaseous oxygen mixed with a liquid fuel. We have also formed partnerships with local engine developers to work with Liquid Oxygen and liquid fuels.

The long term vision is with the Rocky 1. A launch vehicle designed and made in Australia that is coupled with a 3D printed aerospike engine developed by NextAero. This is a vehicle capable of reaching space with cargo, sustaining orbit for a period of time and finally returning to Earth with cargo safely. Our vehicle design would see the Rocky 1 be built primarily using advanced manufacturing techniques. We aim for a fully automated manufacturing and assembly process for the Rocky launch vehicle family. Greatly reducing processing errors and reducing costs for customers.

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Inspiration from the entertainment industry led Patrick to rekindle his interest in space. During 2013, Pat discovered the cubesat. The microsat phenomenon was just beginning and that was the focus until a major hurdle became obvious. Being in Australia, securing a launch for a test cubesat payload was too expensive and an incredible logistical nightmare.

Thus was born a new mission, more challenging but if successful the outcome would be much more rewarding for the future generations to come; a launch capability for Australia but also for the World. This began a journey back to University to study Mechanical Engineering but also to seek out his founders; diverse, talented and brave.

During 2016, five co founders met and made an agreement to start this journey. Thus Space Ops Australia was born.

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