Rocket Factory Augsburg AG (RFA), a Germany-based commercial launch service provider, has signed a contract for Boost – ESA’s commercial space transportation services and support programme.
RFA is receiving ESA support for a project volume of $586,000 for the development of the first stage demonstrator of its RFA ONE launch vehicle.
Within the scope of the C-STS programme, Rocket Factory Augsburg will test its first stage demonstrator for the RFA ONE launch vehicle. The activities under the scope of this project cover detailed design, manufacturing as well as testing of the first stage demonstrator for a successful proof-of-concept and final qualification towards its respective development roadmap milestones throughout 2021.
“Being the first company to sign a contract within ESA Boost underlines our position at the forefront of commercialisation of space transportation in Europe,” said Jörn Spurmann, Chief Commercial Officer at RFA. “We are very happy that the DLR Microlauncher competition enables this program and we are very much looking forward to the next phase.”
Stefan Brieschenk, Chief Operating Officer at RFA, added: “The signing of the ESA contract puts RFA at the forefront of the global new-space launch vehicle development, with its state-of-the-art orbital stage and staged-combustion engine technology. RFA’s orbital stage can conduct inclination and RAAN changes enabling the deployment of full smallsat constellations within hours. The core stage design and the high-performance staged-combustion engine, coupled with the lowest-possible-cost production techniques, are essentially new to Europe.”