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Australia's first rocket to space was the Rattlesnake

Australia's first rocket to space was the 'Rattlesnake', which was launched from the Woomera Rocket Range in South Australia on November 27, 1957. The rocket was designed and built in Australia by the Weapons Research Establishment (WRE) in Salisbury, South Australia.

The Rattlesnake was a two-stage rocket, powered by a solid fuel motor in the first stage and a liquid fuel motor in the second stage. It reached an altitude of around 300 kilometers (186 miles), which was considered the edge of space at the time. The primary purpose of the launch was to test the performance of the rocket and to gather data on atmospheric conditions at high altitudes.

The success of the Rattlesnake launch marked a significant milestone in Australia's space program and established the country as a credible player in the space race. The Woomera Rocket Range became an important site for the testing and development of rockets and missiles, and it was used by both the Australian and United States military for various space-related activities.

Since the Rattlesnake launch, Australia has continued to make significant contributions to space exploration and has launched numerous rockets and satellites into orbit. Today, the country has a thriving space industry, with a range of companies and organizations working on projects related to space science, exploration, and commercial applications.


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