About 75 NASA personnel are in Arnhem Land for the launch, which is the agency’s first in Australia in 27 years and first-ever from a commercial spaceport outside the US.
“We want our young people to see and take up the jobs and business opportunities that come from the growth of the Arnhem Space Centre over time,” he said in a statement.
Senior Gumatj leader of the Yolngu people Djawa Yunupingu says the space industry in the Northern Territory can provide job opportunities for young people. Source: AAP / MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE
NASA will launch another two rockets from the ELA complex on 4 July and 12 July.
“Working with the Gumatj people in launching the rockets into space combines one of the oldest cultures in the world with some of the most advanced technology ever.”