Three German launch startups win awards worth €1.5 million from ESA

The three support contracts are worth 500,000 euros each and are the primary award under Boost!, which is an ESA program aimed to develop new commercial space transportation services.

Three German launch startups win awards worth €1.5 million from ESA
Three German launch startups win awards worth €1.5 million from ESA

Three German launch startups win awards worth €1.5 million from ESA

The European Space Agency has recently awarded German launch startups: HyImpulse Technologies, Rocket Factory Augsburg and Isar Aerospace a combined 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million) to support development of competing microlaunchers.

The three support contracts are worth 500,000 euros each and are the primary award under Boost!, which is an ESA program aimed to develop new commercial space transportation services.

As reported by Spacenews, HyImpulse is developing the three-stage SL1 launch vehicle, which is meant to hold payloads of up to 500 kilograms to low Earth orbit. The vehicle is predicted to form its debut in 2022. HyImpulse will use the ESA funding to finalize the SL1’s design and develop ground support equipment.

Rocket Factory Augsburg, which is the launch arm of German space technology company OHB SE, is developing its three-stage RFA One launch vehicle. The vehicle, which is meant to hold 1,300 kilograms to a 300-kilometer polar orbit is planned for a late 2021 launch. The ESA funding will support the event of a first-stage demonstrator for the RFA One.

Isar Aerospace is working on a two-stage Spectrum vehicle, which is meant to hold payloads of up to 1,000 kilograms to low Earth orbit. The first flight of the Spectrum vehicle is planned for 2021. Isar plans to utilize its Boost! funding to further develop Spectrum’s system and expand the company’s launch vehicle manufacturing line in Ottobrunn, Germany.