WRESAT Redstone

Recently I came across the Weapons Research Establishment Satellite (WRESAT) Project of the Australian Department of Defence. During it Australia launched its first satellite WRESAT into orbit from the Woomera Test Range Complex in South Australia. This made Australia the third country (after the USSR and the USA) that launched a satellite from its own territory.

However, the project heavily relied on American support. After a US-UK-Australian missile test project was completed without failiure the US donated their last Redstone missile for a civilian satellite launch.
Now the Department of Defence had to build the satellite in only a few months before the US personnel would leave Woomera. But despite this they managed to complete the satellite on schedule and the launch was set for the 29 November 1967. The launch went well and WRESAT started sending data and orbiting Earth until January 1968.

When I have finished the Tiangong space stations I might create a model of the WRESAT Redstone rocket and add it to the collection. This would also create the opportunity to modify it into another Redstone variant like the Jupiter C, which launched America´s first satellite Explorer 1, or the Mercury Redstone.

 

More information:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-29/50-years-since-first-satellite-launch-wresat/9205878
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WRESAT

Launch of WRESAT

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