Waratah Seed is Australia's first ride-share mission, an Australian-built industry and commercially focussed CubeSat due for launch into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in early 2023.
Funded by the NSW government through their Space Industry Development program, Waratah Seed's mission is to deliver a 6U CubeSat platform providing spaceflight opportunities in LEO to test and prove function and capability.
This is an historic project focused on developing the NSW space sector and the whole Australia space industry.
Payload Competition call for payload team entries opens
Commercial Payloads call for flight applications opens
Final payload competition results announced
Commercial client application and selection process finalised
30 June 2022
Delivery of engineering models to Waratah Seed team
Delivery of flight payloads to Waratah Seed team
Testing payloads at AITC Mount Stromlo, Canberra, ACT
Complete flight and launch certifications and review
Delivery to launch company
Integration with launch and deployment vehicle begins
Pre-flight operations preparation planning
WS-1 spacecraft launched to orbit aboard Space-X Falcon 9 rocket
WS-1 communicates with ground
On-orbit satellite operations and mission commencement
Operation and demonstration of satellite and payloads in space for six months.
Waratah Seed Consortium has commenced selection of Commercial Client payloads to fly on the WS-1 mission in early 2023, available for Commercial, Research and Government clients looking to gain critical space-flight heritage. Space is limited and payload slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Contact us using the form below to find out more about flying your payload with Waratah Seed on the WS-1 mission. A total volume of 3U is available for these payloads, with a nominal size of 1/4U (10 x 10 x 2.5 cm) up to 0.4U available.
Waratah Seed Consortium invites sponsorship enquiries from Australian businesses. This is an historic opportunity for your brand, product or service to enable a critical part of Australian Space History! Sponsor the overall mission, or connect with a Competition or Commercial Payload team and sponsor their application.
Contact us to find out more, and to arrange a meeting.