As Australia’s largest rocket testing facility, the Koonibba Test Range spans across more than 10,000 square kilometres of range area located 40km north-west of Ceduna on the West Coast of the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.

Koonibba Test Range

In September 2020, for the first time in Australia’s history, the site facilitated the successful launch of two commercial space-capable rockets.

Extending across 145km of uninhabited national park, the launch site specialises in suborbital launches providing companies with the ability to recover rockets and their payload to do further testing and systems validation before launching into orbit, which can be done from the Southern Launch Whalers Way Orbital Launch Facility.

View the Koonibba Test Range on the Southern Launch website.

Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex

Located on the tip of the Eyre Peninsula, the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex is a dedicated commercial rocket launch site that became operational in 2020.

Covering 1200 hectares, the site is 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.

With plans to facilitate the launch infrastructure needed for rocket and satellite manufacturers to launch their rockets within 48 hours’ notice, the site will usher in the new paradigm for Just-In-Time space access.

The site is located 680km from Adelaide, and a short 32km from the major township of Port Lincoln.