Australia makes it back to space with cubesats

prototype-cygnus-launch-1000The nation returned to space after 15 years with the successful launch of cubesats on the international QB50 project on April 19.

Three satellites built in Australia by universities will conduct observations on the Earth’s thermosphere.

The successful launch represents an important milestone as mini-satellites present an opportunity for catalysing a future domestic Australian space industry.

Read more: The Conversation / SMH / USyd / UNSW / Uni Adelaide

Image: Orbital ATK’s Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft launching the cubesats on April 19, 2017. By NASA / public domain

This story is taken from the 21 April 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.