Excitement grows in Koonibba Community for first rocket launch on Aboriginal Land


Victoria has recorded no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since mid-July. Another 42 infections in the state have been confirmed overnight.

Indigenous elders in the remote South Australian Koonibba Aboriginal Community say a rocket launch will « put their town on the map », and is already providing crucial learning experiences for school students.

Koonibba is a small Indigenous township of around 200 people, but tomorrow numbers will double with up to 250 visitors arriving in the remote town to watch Australia’s first private rocket launch.

Two Adelaide-based companies — Southern Launch and DEWC — have paired up to launch the rocket from a test range near the township, in the state’s far west.

Excitement in the local community is building ahead of the launch, with local school children painting decorations for the town.

Indigenous elder Wendy Ware has welcomed the event, saying it will « put Koonibba on the map ».

Ms Ware said it will also be an important learning opportunity for the town’s 30 students.

« It’s important for the kids so they understand all them things with what’s going to happen in the future — so it’s really good. »

Koonibba Aboriginal School principal Beth Hector said teachers have started implementing lessons about space and the outer atmosphere.

« They’ll come back to school and say how they watched the stars at night or that they saw a satellite cross at night, » Ms Hector said.

« I think it’s opened a bigger world to them and that’s what we want for our children. »

« They’ve done lots in the lead up — they’ve used 3D printers to make little rockets and they’ve used air compressors, » she said.

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SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com/news/excitement-grows-in-koonibba-community-for-first-rocket-launch-on-aboriginal-land/?remotepost=273751

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