MOU Explores Koonibba Satellite Return Possibilities

April 27, 2023 9:30 am in by

A memorandum of understanding has been signed with Southern Launch and UK-based company Space Forge, exploring the possibility of satellite return to the Koonibba Test Range.


The West Coast test range is one of the world’s largest commercial rocket testing facilities, with Southern Launch saying the size and location makes it an ideal location for Space Forge to target as their re-entry point for the ForgeStar satellite.

Head of the Australian Space Agency, Enrico Palermo, said this is another signal of the strong relationship between Australia and the UK and it demonstrates that the nation is a great place to do space work.

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CEO of Southern Launch, Lloyd Damp, said the agreement with Space Forge heralds a new era in the Australian space industry and is a definitive step forward in showcasing the world the expertise and natural advantages we have in SA.

Pictured: (left to right) Rebecca Evernden, Director of Space, UK Department of Science, Innovation and Technology, Joshua Western, CEO and Co-Founder, Space Forge, Lloyd Damp, CEO, Southern Launch, Enrico Palermo, Head of the Australian Space Agency

Photo: Southern Launch (supplied)