HyImpulse successfully launch their SR75 rocket from Southern Launch’s Koonibba Test Range


HyImpulse successfully launched their SR75 rocket from Southern Launch’s Koonibba Test Range in a milestone achievement for commercial launch capabilities in Australia.

The SR75 rocket is one of the largest commercially launched rockets in Australian history.

A crowd of locals and VIPs who travelled to Koonibba from across Australia and Europe were on hand to witness the historic achievement on South Australia’s Far West Coast.

Southern Launch CEO Lloyd Damp says, ‘We are incredibly proud to have been a part of this historic mission. The Koonibba Test Range is world-class and hosting this mission has demonstrated the outstanding expertise and experience of the Southern Launch and HyImpulse teams.’

The launch was the first from the new permanent facilities at the Koonibba Test Range which was developed by Southern Launch in partnership with the Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation.

Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation Chairperson Geraldine Ware says, ‘This launch was an incredible achievement for our community and shining light for First Nations people. We had more than 30 people from the community working throughout the campaign and to come together and see it launch was amazing. We look forward to the next launch from our launch pad.’

The SR75-1 ‘Light this Candle!’ mission was the inaugural launch attempt of HyImpulse’s SR75 rocket and marks an incredible step forward for HyImpulse as they continue to develop their innovative hybrid rocket engines.

HyImpulse CEO Mario Kobald says, ‘This launch at the Koonibba Test Range was incredible and we could feel the support from everyone here in Koonibba as well as our team back home in Germany.’

HyImpulse Co-CEO Christian Schmierer says, ‘Our team at HyImpulse has been developing our unique hybrid rocket technology for many years. This successful launch proves that our technology is viable and is a great step forward as we move toward developing our SL1 orbital launch vehicle.’

The SR75 mission lifted off from the launch pad at 2:40pm. The rocket will be recovered from the Koonibba Test Range for post flight analysis.


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