RUSSIA'S COSMOS group is to link with Australian industry to develop a new liquid-propellant satellite launcher, called the Seagull, capable of placing 1,000kg payloads into low-Earth orbit after launches from a base in either South Australia or northern Australia, says Australian space minister Chris Schacht.

Development and marketing of the new rocket will start in 1996. Initially, Russian Start boosters will be marketed for Australian launches, with possible national remote -sensing and science satellites as the first payloads.

Source: Flight International