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ROCKET FAILS TO LAUNCH

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A ROCKET launch expected to be Australia’s first all sovereign-made rocket take-off was aborted on Sunday after technical issues were detected.

From a site near Goondiwind­i on the NSW-Queensland border, Black Sky Aerospace was set to signal its entry into the domestic space race with the firing and evaluation of the rocket to 35,000ft and a safe parachute to ground.

The launch was to first happen on Saturday but strong winds saw the launch delayed 24 hours, then several other windows to launch shut as “technical issues” were found.

A spokesman would not go into what the issue was but confirmed it would be several weeks before approvals were granted and another launch attempted.

 ??  ?? Black Sky Aerospace CEO Blake Nikolic and the rocket
Black Sky Aerospace CEO Blake Nikolic and the rocket

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