Southern Launch delays Eyre Peninsula engagement

LAUNCH: Southern Launch chief executive officer Lloyd Damp and mechanical supervisor Brenton Ellis at an information forum at Coffin Bay late last year.
LAUNCH: Southern Launch chief executive officer Lloyd Damp and mechanical supervisor Brenton Ellis at an information forum at Coffin Bay late last year.

Southern Launch is delaying its public engagement relating to its agreement with a Singapore-based space technology company to use planned facilities on the Eyre Peninsula.

Last month Equatorial Space Systems (ESS) signed a memorandum of understanding with the South Australian company signed a memorandum of understanding for it use the facilities at Whalers Way and Koonibba for its planned suborbital mission program.

ESS planned to use the Koonibba test range before progressing to a launch program at Whalers Way.

Southern Launch founder and chief executive officer Lloyd Damp said the two companies were working through the operational aspects of the ESS program, in spite of being hampered by restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However he said Southern Launch was delaying its public consultation on the agreement due to the ongoing pandemic.

"That's restricted our ability to engage with the communities on Eyre Peninsula," he said.

"When we can we'll get there to meet people, discuss our plans and talk about how those communities can be involved."

Despite this Mr Damp said the company was excited about he future involvement with ESS.

"Southern Launch is delighted to be working with Equatorial Space Systems and their cutting edge HRF-1 hybrid rocket propulsion technology," he said.

"We look forward to supporting their suborbital mission from our Koonibba test range and demonstrating to the world these emerging capabilities for safe access to space."