The challenger to WRESAT’s crown


5, 7 & 10


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Earth and Space Sciences – The Solar System

Additional – Careers; Communications

Concepts (South Australia):

Earth and Space Sciences – Earth in Space

Years: 5, 7, 10

Word count: 1515

WRESAT may have been Australia’s first satellite in space, but it was not the first Australian satellite to be built. In the 1960s, a group of students from Melbourne nearly beat WRESAT off the launch pad with their self-built Australis-OSCAR 5 satellite. This fact filled article charts the processes the team went through, in a fascinating and exciting read.

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5, 7 & 10