German rocket manufacturer HyImpulse is set to launch into space from the Koonibba Test Range near Ceduna in South Australia, jointly operated by the Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation and Southern Launch, in 2024.
HyImpulse is bringing their SR75 sounding rocket, powered by green hybrid propulsion technology, to Australia for a sub-orbital launch. The mission is set to lift off from the Koonibba Test Range in Q1 of 2024, subject to regulatory approval.
"HyImpulse are leading the way in the development of hybrid rocket technology. We are proud that our Koonibba Test Range provides this leading company with the opportunity to test their launch vehicle and recover it from our overland range," said Southern Launch CEO Lloyd Damp.
"Southern Launch exists to provide launch services so our industry can keep moving forward at pace. HyImpulse are leaders in their field and we are incredibly excited to play a role in helping them develop their unique launch vehicle that will help our industry continue to evolve and improve."
The ability to recover the rocket and understand what happened after launch is a key reason for HyImpulse travelling to Australia to launch. The Koonibba Test Range is one of the largest commercial overland rocket testing ranges in the world and provides rocket companies with the opportunity to recover their rocket - something not possible with an overwater launch.
Southern Launch is managing most aspects of the launch campaign preparation on behalf of HyImpulse, including regulatory approvals and the import of the launch vehicle to Australia.