‘World first’: Startup wins NASA deal to launch rockets from Australia

“It’s a first for and a first for Australia,” said ELA chief executive Carley Scott. “ has never ever before contracted a commercial site to do a launch.”

“NASA always demands the best, so the best site location, the best team and the best support,” she said. “The location close to the equator is quite unique, it offers a more efficient launch site. If you are close to the equator the earth spins a bit faster, so you get an extra boost to your rocket so you use less fuel.”

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