Fifty years ago, on 29 November 1967, Australia became one of the earliest nations to place its own satellite in orbit, with the successful launch of WRESAT-1 (Weapons Research Establishment Satellite) from the Woomera Rocket Range in South Australia.
The WRESAT achievement crowned a decade of space activities at Woomer that had led to Australia being recognised as a significant spacefaring nation during the Space Race of the 1960s.
Kerrie Dougherty marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of WRESAT and 70th anniversary of the Woomera Rocket Range with a fascinating talk about its history and how it became the hub of early space activities in Australia and the space-related projects conducted there between 1957 and 1980.
How did early Australian space science using sounding rockets lead to the development of Australia’s first satellite? Find out in this intriging glimpse into Australia’s space history.