Could a German offshore facility really be blasting off small-scale rockets into space any time soon? If the German industrial association BDI and a number of shipbuilding companies get their way, the answer to that question will be yes.
Germany business newspaper Handelsblatt has reported that the BDI and its partners are planning to present a plan for a small-rocket launching pad this fall. BDI space expert Matthias Wachter told the paper that such an offshore platform is indeed “technically feasible.”
This is a further sign that Germany is getting serious about developing a national space industry. As part of a nationwide space technology contest, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is currently supporting three developers of microlaunchers: HyImpulse Technologies, Isar Aerospace and Rocket Factory Augsburg.