Australia Launches 35kg Commercial Rocket into Atmosphere

  • The Dart rocket, carrying an air force radio prototype, was launched from the Koonibba rocket range in South Australia.
  • At just 3.4m long and 34kg, the commercial rocket is a fraction of the size of rockets launched by NASA and will travel up to 100km into the atmosphere.
  • The launch is part of the air force’s Plan Jericho – an advanced sensing program to detect and track challenging targets that has also seen a high-altitude balloon launched to the edge of space.
  • The rocket is unlike any rocket ever launched in Australia, and is part of what is known as ‘new space’ technologies – small rockets carrying reduced sized satellites using commercially available technologies.