Gilmour Space Technologies has announced plans to launch its Eris rocket early next year. Eris will be Australia's first orbital rocket and the first orbital launch attempt from a commercial Australian launch site.
The rocket is planned to deliver up to 305 kg to low-Earth orbit (LEO) and will orbit at an altitude of 500km. It stands at 25m and has a fairing diameter of up to 1.5m.
Eris will make its maiden launch from Gilmour’s Bowen Orbital Spaceport (BOS) in Abbott Point Port in northern Queensland, which is currently under construction. This project is another example of an Australian rocket company establishing its own infrastructure to launch its own rockets from home soil, eliminating the need to send its payloads to overseas providers. In fact, the BOS joins the likes of Southern Launch’s Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex and Equatorial Launch Australia’s Arnhem Space Centre.