Australia's first commercial rocket launch takes UQ research to new heights
Advanced materials developed and manufactured at The University of Queensland were launched to the lower limits of the earth’s atmosphere during Australia’s first commercial rocket launch recently.
UQ researchers created a ceramic matrix composite panel that forms part of the rocket’s body for launch. The panel is capable of withstanding more than 2000°C and is equipped with an integrated high temperature sensor.
PhD student Christian Kudisonga said the launch demonstrated the University’s ability to create technology and materials for Queensland’s emerging space industry. He said: “We’re hoping to get some useful data back from the launch and, in the long run, build on our skills to make more mission-critical parts.”
Mr Kudisonga’s supervisor Dr Michael Heitzmann said he hoped the launch would open the doors to more commercial application opportunities. He said: “I hope today’s flight marks the start of more frequent launches that provide us with the opportunity to build materials in increasingly demanding applications.”
UQ has a very long and successful history in the development of aerospace technologies through the UQ Centre of Hypersonics and the Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing.
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