Sleaford - Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex

The proposal

The proposal can be generally described as all activities and works associated with the construction and operation of an orbital space launch facility at Whalers Way, Sleaford.

For the purposes of the major development declaration, the proposal includes:

  • launch pads
  • assembly facilities (both temporary and permanent)
  • secure block houses, blast walls and firing bunkers
  • lightning rods and anemometer towers
  • propellant (liquid, hybrid and solid) storage
  • diesel power generators and solar arrays
  • bunding for blast wave deflection
  • office, laboratory and research related facilities
  • visitor viewing facilities
  • road transport access.

Assessment stages and documentation


Minister's Decision


Release of Assessment Report


Release of Response Document


Release of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public comment

5 August 2021

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Fact Sheet (PDF, 222 KB)

Release of guidelines with level of assessment determined

20 August 2020

Guidelines document (PDF, 2672 KB)

Declaration as major development

22 August 2019

Government Gazette dated 29 August 2019