Taiwanese company TiSPACE has aborted a second attempt to launch its Hapith l rocket from the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, this time due to systems failure.
The 10-meter double-decker suborbital rocket was scheduled to take off from the Whalers Way orbital launch complex on Wednesday afternoon.
The launch was previously scheduled for Friday last week, but was delayed due to strong winds.
Wednesday’s countdown was interrupted just before takeoff when one of the rocket’s systems failed to come online.
At 2:18 p.m. (ACST), the countdown to launch south and TiSPACE was interrupted just before take-off, stopping the launch sequence. During the last stages before takeoff, one of the systems did not come online. In accordance with security protocols, the rocket was brought to a safe state.
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Southern Launch, which operates the Whalers Way facility, said the rocket had been brought to “safe condition”.
“The Southern Launch and TiSPACE teams are evaluating the condition of the launcher, including the ability to attempt another launch at a later date,” said Lloyd Damp, managing director of Southern Launch.
Mr Damp previously said the launch window remains open until September 23.
“Space is difficult and that is why we are taking a phased approach to develop an Australian space launch capability,” he said last week.
“We had planned and driven this potential result, in the face of an external factor such as the weather which would force our teams to postpone the launch.”
TiSPACE will use the launch to test its hybrid propulsion systems and as a prelude to future commercial satellite launches.