Equatorial Space Systems announced on 25 May 2020 that it has signed a memorandum of understanding to use the facilities of Southern Launch Australia for its upcoming suborbital mission programme.
The Singapore-based launcher company, notable for its innovative hybrid propulsion systems, revealed the Dorado sounding rocket, capable of delivering up to 25 kilograms of payload beyond the bounder of space, last month.
“When I was a child I always wanted to take the ‘Indian Pacific’ train journey across the Nullarbor Plain of Southern Australia. The prospect of sending our first rockets into space from its very edge is incredible, and we are looking forward to operating from the Southern Launch Australia’s facilities in the very near future” says Simon Gwozdz, the Founder and CEO of Equatorial Space Systems.
“Southern Launch is delighted to be working with Equatorial Space Systems and their cutting edge HRF-1 hybrid rocket propulsion technology. We look forward to fully supporting their suborbital mission from our Koonibba Test Range in South Australia and demonstrating to the world these emerging capabilities for safe access to space,” said Lloyd Damp, Founder and CEO of Southern Launch.
Southern Launch is providing infrastructure and logistics to meet the increasing global demand for orbital and sub-orbital launches of satellites and space payloads. With two multi-user launch sites located in South Australia, having good year-round weather and minimal air and maritime traffic, customers benefit from greater launch window availability and improved launch schedule flexibility.”
Equatorial Space Systems is a space tech startup developing innovative technologies for space launch and exploration activities. With its proprietary hybrid propulsion, its technology allows for cheaper, safer and greener alternatives to existing solutions in both orbital launch systems, as well planetary landing missions.
Aiming for the first orbital launch by 2022, Equatorial Space Systems has previously been crowned the winner of MBRSC Innovation Cup 2018 in Dubai, identified as a Top 500 Deep Tech Startup by Hello Tomorrow 2018, and the Most Promising Startup at the NAMIC Innovation Day 2019.