Rocky road to space looks possibility
THE Federal Government is keen to look at ambitious plans to build a spaceport at Rockhampton, backed by a US aerospace company.
The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science said it had been talking to Rockhampton’s John Moody and anticipated a formal proposal would be lodged soon.
Mr Moody has also brought on board US spacecraft manufacturer Interorbital Systems, which planned to visit Rockhampton sometime this year.
The Moody Space Centre would be Australia’s first commercial launch pad and has revived memories of former Queensland premier Sir Joh Bjelke- Petersen’s Cape York space agency plan in the 1980s.
At the time, the Cape York International Spaceport would have become the world’s first commercial space facility, but eventually it fell through because of financial troubles.
University of Queensland science professor Dr Michael Drinkwater said Rockhampton was in a good geographic position.
“America launches their rockets from Florida and Europe launches from Africa, so the closer to the equator the better,” he said.
“If we were to have a launch pad in Australia, I’d say Rockhampton would be up there ( geographically).”
Mr Moody said he was waiting on government funding to help get his idea off the ground.