It’s mission complete for HyImpulse, Southern Launch and the Koonibba community following the successful launch of the SR75 rocket from the Koonibba Test Range on Friday 3 May.

One of the largest commercial rockets to ever launch from Australia – an 11.5-metre-tall single stage rocket by German manufacturer HyImpulse – reached an altitude of 50 kilometres before parachuting back to Earth where it was recovered for post analysis.

The launch also saw the use of a locally designed and manufactured mid-range launch rail by South Australian companies Ferretti International and Hydroil. The companies pivoted their expertise to expand into the rapidly evolving local space sector to develop the launch rail.

Located 40 km north-west of Ceduna, the Koonibba Test Range continues to attract international interest and has been an ongoing collaboration between local launch provider Southern Launch and the Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation since 2018.

Koonibba Aboriginal Corporation Chairperson Geraldine Ware said that the long-term partnership with Southern Launch will secure the community’s future.

“The Koonibba Test Range brings a wide-range of benefits to our people – from investment, employment through to inspiring our children and young people to pursue out of this world careers,” said Ms Ware.

Southern Launch CEO Lloyd Damp said that the launch marked a momentous occasion for Australia as a nation.

“It tells the world that we can launch (and test) large rockets and positions Australia as a key player in the global space industry.”

HyImpulse opted for the Koonibba Test Range because of its wide-open spaces and South Australia’s well-established space industry.

“The Koonibba Test Range was a fantastic option for our first launch. The facilities provided by Southern Launch and the Koonibba community have enabled our team to focus on launching the rocket which is an incredible milestone for our company,” said HyImpulse CEO Mario Kobald.

“Being able to transport a rocket safely with reduced logistical complexities is a key part of our strategy and we have proven it is possible with this launch from the Koonibba Test Range.”

Powered by unique propulsion technology combining paraffin wax and liquid oxygen, the successful launch of the SR75 is a game-changer for the space industry as a non-explosive, greener fuel alternative.

“A key reason behind the development of this propulsion technology is so we can offer a rapid, efficient and responsive rocket that can be launched anywhere around the world,” said Mr Kobald.

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