SCISYS and Southern Launch announce partnership

SCISYS and Southern Launch announce partnership

Louis Dillon

SCISYS Deutschland and Southern Launch have partnered up to utilise SCISYS’s software capabilities for Australias future Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex mission control centre.

The Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex is currently under development by Southern Launch and is located along the southern coastline of Australia.

The complex is dedicated to the launch of small-lift launch vehicles towards polar and sun-synchronous orbits, being designed to launch rockets between nine and 29 metres tall with a payload capacity of 50 to 400 kilograms.

Southern Launch will also develop and market SCISYS's ground segment, mission control and other related software capabilities and offerings to the "broader Australian market" as part of the teaming Agreement.

"This agreement is the start of a long-term relationship with the broader Australian space ecosystem," said Ulli Leibnitz, director SPACE, SCISYS Deustchland.

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"Over the coming years, SCISYS and Southern Launch will develop further collaborations and research and development projects aimed at developing the next generation of trusted artificial intelligence algorithms and advanced mission control centre solutions."

The two companies were introduced to each other last year at the South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) in Adelaide.

"The centre was proud to initiate collaboration between Southern Launch and SCISYS, with the partnership likely to unlock future growth opportunities for the broader space community in South Australia," said Richard Price, chief executive of SASIC.

Lloyd Damp, CEO Southern Launch, said, "Teaming with SCISYS Deutschland GmbH provides Southern Launch and the wider Australian space and high-tech ecosystem with a strong platform for future technology developments."

SCISYS Deutschland supplies bespoke software systems, IT-based solutions and support services to space, media and broadcast, government, defence and commercial sectors.

Southern Launch is yet to conduct a demonstration launch, however their website promises that will happen "as soon as possible".

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