Space Race

May 2020

It’s lift-off at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) for the agency’s commercial microlauncher competition.

Germany’s Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is putting EUR 25 million into the project, which will see the money doled out to a maximum of five winners. The companies who qualify for the preliminary round will receive EUR 500,000, while those who come out tops in two subsequent phases in 2021 and 2022 will get EUR 11 million each.

Eligible are German-based start-ups who have come up with earth-to-orbit delivery systems for smaller satellites. The goal of the program, says the DLR is to “support the development of cost-effective, commercial access to space and long-term viable business models in the microlauncher sector.”

The contest is being held under the European Space Agency C-STS-Program, and winners will also receive a so-called letter of support needed for making tenders to ESA.

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