Alice Springs, located in the centre of Australia, is emerging as a global player for high-altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS) launch, recovery, research and development.
Market insights predict strong demand in Australia and globally for the following commercial HAPS applications:
- earth observation
- space technology testing and qualification
- weather prediction and modelling.
A high-altitude history
Alice Springs has a long history in high altitude ballooning. Established by NASA in the early 1970s, the Alice Springs Ballooning Facility has been used by leading space agencies (including the Japanese and French) to launch almost 120 high altitude balloons carrying scientific instruments to the outer edge of earth’s atmosphere to conduct scientific experiments.
Why the Territory
Alice Springs embodies the characteristics conducive for safe and efficient launch and recovery of HAPS vehicles. The strengths include:
- low population and remote location (supporting safe and efficient launch and payload recovery)
- clear skies (250 days a year)
- ideal wind conditions allowing operators to efficiently service worldwide markets (including Africa and Asia)
- proximity to experienced local suppliers
- Northern Territory Government’s support and commitment to grow innovative technology industries.
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