South Australia’s space sector will take a ‘giant leap’ forward this year, with its first rocket launch at a new test range in the state’s far west to be held within months.
Adelaide space start-up Southern Launch will fire a rocket about 100km into space from its Koonibba test range, further cementing SA as the space capital of Australia and paving the way for an influx of future work.
But aerospace engineer and Southern Launch chief executive Lloyd Damp believes the launch will be the rumble before the start of the avalanche for SA’s fledgling space industry.
Mr Damp says the looming opportunities for SA are ‘in the order of billions of dollars’ with lucrative government contracts on the horizon and a ‘multitude’ of foreign space companies eyeing the state.
Chief Executive, Southern Launch