Found: South Australia's rocket

Farmer Jason Hammat with part of the rocket launched by Southern Launch at the Koonibba Test Range that he found on his property. Photo: Supplied

Farmer Jason Hammat with part of the rocket launched by Southern Launch at the Koonibba Test Range that he found on his property. Photo: Supplied

It's hasn't been four months since Australia's first rocket launched to the edge of space but already there's been a discovery - of the rocket.

Southern Launch visited South Australia's Koonibba Test Range in September to usher in a new era of Australian space exploration. While the first launch misfired, there were two successful launches days later.

Farmer Jason Hammat was driving around his property when he made the discovery of the rocket.

"We were driving around to see which sheep had been attacked by a dog and we came across the rocket.

"It was about 500 metres from where they launched, on the east side of Foggos Road.

"We spoke with Corey [McLennan, Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation chief executive officer] and gave it back to him."

Mr McLennan has returned the rocket to Southern Launch.

Chief executive officer Lloyd Damp said Mr Hammat found part of the booster, which was to be displayed at the Australian Space Forum in Adelaide, which was called off due to COVID.

"We speak to farmers regularly and keep in contact with Corey. Jason passed it on to Corey and he gave it back to us," Mr Damp said.

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