Star Struck

January 2020

Need a rocket engine?

Munich start-up Isar Aerospace Technologies, founded last year, has set its sights high – it aims to become ‘Europe’s SpaceX.’

Founders Josef Fleischmann, Markus Brandl and Daniel Metzler have come up with a high-performance engine for mini-launcher and second-stage apps.

It has 75 kilonewtons of thrust, making it capable of bringing 600 to 1,000-kg objects into low Earth orbit. For propellants, it uses liquid oxygen and hydrocarbons.

The engine is ideal for use with today’s smaller satellites, and Isar hopes to lower the barrier to space access.

The founders of Isar Aerospace Technologies with a model of their future rocket engine © Isar Aerospace Technologies