Isar Aerospace had signed a deal for launch services with Airbus Defence and Space. The deal sees Airbus Defence and Space commit to one launch, plus options, of a small Earth Observation (EO) satellite into orbit with Isar Aerospace’s Spectrum launch vehicle.
This is a significant deal as according to Munich-based Isar Aerospace it constitutes the first major launch contract between an established space company and a privately financed European launch company. Airbus said that the Spectrum launch vehicle is complementary to existing medium and large launchers in Europe. The vehicle is designed to carry payloads up to 1.2 tons to Low-Earth Orbit (LEO).
Alexandre Dalloneau, Vice President of Mission and Launch Operations at Isar Aerospace, said: “There is an enormous need for access to space from companies around the world, but launch capacity is still limited, expensive and inflexible. We are proud to offer customers a flexible alternative for their individual space transportation needs.”