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German rocket set for Koonibba Test Range launch

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German rocket manufacturer HyImpulse is to launch into space from the Koonibba Test Range near Ceduna in South Australia in 2024.

Operated by space launch provider Southern Launch, Koonibba will be the site for HyImpulse’s SR75 sounding rocket sub-orbital launch, subject to further approvals.

The SR75 is powered by HyImpulse’s unique, green hybrid propulsion technology, according to an announcement.

The Koonibba Test Range is one of the largest commercial overland rocket testing ranges in the world and provides rocket companies with a unique opportunity to recover their rocket – something not possible with an overwater launch.

HyImpulse CEO Mario Kobald said: “Our mission is to develop a launch vehicle that uses our unique hybrid propulsion technology.

“Launching our first suborbital rocket from the Koonibba Test Range is a huge milestone for our company and we are looking forward to the learnings that this launch will provide our team.”

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.

Southern Launch CEO Lloyd Damp said: “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.”

The Koonibba Test Range is jointly operated by the Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation and Southern Launch.

Picture: Southern Launch/HyImpulse team and SR75 sounding rocket

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