Saturday , August 13 2022

Rockets exploit Queensland and Goondiwindi in the space age


We could tell you how Queensland plans to host an $ 360 billion aerospace program in the world a year.

And as it was launched today in a paddy paddock, 100 km west of Goondiwindi, not too far from the Tarawera recreation grounds, infamous for its dust, sand and martyr fleece, a very feared burr by cricket bush for his tenacity.

What brings us the story we will bring: the tenacity of men and women who dare to dream.

Such as Blake Nikolic, operations manager for Black Sky Aerospace (BSA), the driving force behind the launch of yesterday's first commercial sub-orbital commercial missile in Australia.

But we prefer to talk about his role as Peter's son, a mathematician and science professor who went out as a boy on the night of October 4, 1957, searching beyond the Southern Cross and beyond Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite.

The boy Peter became a self-confessed "rocket stone."

Blake Nikolic could not help but be infected with the same bug.

Even today, an ashtray was surrounded by them and was indeed infectious.

How it might not be. I spoke to Warren, who, like Peter and many of his generation, ran in the back yard to look for that point in motion in the night sky in 1957.

We could not refrain from bringing one of our favorite films, the October ceremony.

The story of Homer H. Hickam, Jr., the son of a coal miner, who was inspired by the launch of Sputnik 1 to take up missiles against his father's wishes and eventually became a NASA engineer.

"I met him a few years ago," Warren said.

"And we have a lot in common.

"We were both inspired by Sputnik. We built both rockets and won both state science prizes … ..NASA became a NASA scientist and became a preparatory teacher."

We promised not to do much about Warren's story.

"This is a great deal you know, people have worked so hard. I do not want to give up Blake and the work of everyone," he said.

I'm sorry, Warren, but we do not think you will. Add it only because you are a sign that something really special happened in all places, a paddock between Tarawera and Westmar, two places that most Australians have never heard of.

Not that it has not happened before, said Cameron Dick, Queensland's Minister of Development, Production, Infrastructure and Planning.

"Now, ninety years ago, 26,000 people went to another paddock, the Eagle Farm Airport." Four people left an aircraft, one of them Charles Kingsford Smith.

It was the first flight in the Pacific.

"Ninety years later, men and women are at the cutting edge of science, aviation, and space technology.

"Today Queensland enters the space age … It is a great leap for our state and Australia," he said.

"We are building a new economy, and in this case it is rocket science." And thanks to some of the world's "most innovative people," "Queensland is not the limit, we can go beyond that," Dick said.

We could not help thinking about those young boys who were looking to the heavens in 1957 and wondered if they wanted to be born 60 years later?

Mr. Dick paid tribute earlier to the "passion" of all those involved.

And after seeing our first live rocket launch, we can understand something from that "wow".

At first I was a little overwhelmed by its size.

Three to four meters tall, a sharp bushhole jar, and narrow to the waist.

But as they say, it's the fight in the dog, okay, wow.

A pause paused for a moment and then a hint of dust that rolled quickly, and the chambers began to move and then blink and then disappear, then look, and eventually "you did" said with respect.

A glance from the camera to heaven and the hope of capturing the distant arrow was an attempt to regret the regret that we did not listen to an earlier story from Warren.

"Now I'm building a rocket, making Mark 2.5 (2.5 times the speed of the sound, one second there and the next one is not").

For those who want the other story, here it is.

The first launch of the rocket in Australia with a commercial cargo was hit by an isolated paddock … near Tooobeah yesterday.

And despite the fact that this paddock is located, literally on a "Funny Farm", it's not a joke.

Launching is an attempt to pave the way for space technology to collect data for industries such as mining, agriculture and communications.

"The benefits of launching Australia's own missiles include revenue in local supply chains, ease of international regulatory burdens and reduced return time," said Blake Nikolic, operations manager for Black Sky Aerospace (BSA)

"With a $ 360 billion global market, in terms of exponential growth, Australia will naturally benefit from companies such as BSA, which support the growing satellite market," said Nikolic . BSA specializes in payload delivery systems through propulsion systems and vehicles that provide access to calibration and simulation systems that redefine the way traditional data is obtained.

"We simply do not have to send a multibillion-dollar satellite in space to collect data about our farmer's crops. A successful launch of the Sighter190 rocket will show the accessibility of space and satellite that is more accessible and more sustainable for small and medium-sized businesses, "he said.

Supporting the first commercial launch of missiles is the University of Queensland and the founder of Hypersonix, Professor Michael Smart, part of the team that provides a carbon composite panel for the payload. The useful volume will include three commercial sensor packages from Hypersonix, the Australian Space Research Institute (ACSER) and Dekunu Technologies.

PS: Why a paddle around Tarawera?

Two reasons. One, the absence of any other air traffic other than a flight of about one million.

And two, a good working relationship with the owner of the property, Roger Mulckey.

More to come – it's good news for Goondiwindi

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