Space test and evaluation capability
Whaler’s Way Orbital Launch Complex
A proposed commercial, multi-user facility with industrial infrastructure for space rocket launches (pending approval).
Size: 1,200 hectares
Proposed location: South coast of Eyre Peninsula, within proximity to Port Lincoln
If approved, the site will be the only commercial, multi-user site that offers proximity to established industry infrastructure that can support rocket launches, good year-round weather and unhindered southward launch trajectories across unpopulated areas with low density air and nautical traffic lanes.
Koonibba Test Range
One of the largest commercial testing facilities in the world and Australia’s first licensed space launch facility.
Size: Over 10,000 square kilometres
Location: 40km north-west of Ceduna on the West Coast of the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
Koonibba Test Range extends out 145 kilometres over uninhabited areas. Specialising in suborbital launches, rockets and payload can be recovered for further testing and systems validation before launching into orbit. In April 2023, Southern Launch, and the Koonibba Aboriginal Corporation announced their partnership to develop permanent world-class facilities, expanding the offerings at the Koonibba Test Range.
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