WA’S FIRST SATELLITE IS IN SPACE!

Binar-1, WA’s first homegrown satellite, is flying free in low earth orbit. We successfully made contact with Binar-1 on October 21, 2021, confirming the satellite is powered up and operational.

Binar-1 orbits 400km above Earth’s surface, about the distance from Perth to Albany.  It will circle the planet once every 90 minutes, making contact whenever it passes over our ground station in Perth.

Although Binar-1 is too small to be seen from the ground, you can track its location and check for new signals from orbit on SatNOGS, an open source network of satellite ground stations. Our thanks to the SatNOGS community for their help tracking Binar-1!

SPACE STATION DEPLOYMENT

Binar-1 was deployed into Low Earth Orbit on October 6 2021 from the Kibo module of the International Space Station.

Thanks to our launch and deployment provider, SpaceBD Inc, for the ride into space, and to JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide for the spectacular photos of our departure from the station!

LAUNCH TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Binar-1 launched 29 Aug 2021 3:10pm AWST via SpaceX CRS-23 to the International Space Station for deployment into Low Earth Orbit.

The launch was streamed live to Yagan Square in Perth, where the team was watching.

Binar-1’s launch is just the beginning! Binar-1 will continue to orbit Earth for approximately the next 18 months – and we have more spacecraft scheduled for launch in 2022 and beyond.

Follow @binarspacewa on social media to join us on the journey!

CONTACT US

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