(31 March 2021 – RFA) OHB Sweden, subsidiary of area and expertise group OHB SE, has signed a contract for a devoted launch with Germany-based launch service supplier, Rocket Manufacturing facility Augsburg (RFA), for an upcoming mission scheduled for mid-2024.
“OHB Sweden and Rocket Manufacturing facility share a standard philosophy to supply the very best high quality and reliability on the lowest potential costs. OHB Sweden with its in depth expertise of over three many years within the design, growth and testing of low-cost small satellite tv for pc missions has discovered its counterpart within the launch service market.”, stated Benoit Mathieu, Managing Director at OHB Sweden. “We’re intently following the event actions of RFA from the very starting. The group has proven a formidable observe document over the past two years and we’re assured that RFA will preserve this tempo for the upcoming milestones. Our intention with this contract is to safe a launch slot for one in all our business clients. This settlement permits us to have the ability to provide a extremely built-in and cost-effective resolution to our clients.”
OHB Sweden is a Swedish supplier of area methods and develops, builds, checks and operates satellites for various sorts of area missions inside communications, earth statement, area analysis and exploration. From low-orbiting satellites by way of geostationary ones and all the way in which as much as interplanetary missions. The corporate not too long ago sealed the Arctic Climate Satellite tv for pc (AWS) with ESA because the prime contractor, marking the start of OHB Sweden’s future in the direction of small satellite tv for pc constellations.
Rocket Manufacturing facility, a start-up backed by the German satellite tv for pc maker OHB as a strategic investor and Enterprise Capital agency Apollo Capital Companions, is presently creating a launcher system referred to as RFA One for small satellites with a payload efficiency of as much as 1300kg to low earth orbit (LEO). The primary launch is scheduled for the tip of 2022. The corporate not too long ago certified the higher stage tank system throughout cryogenic checks and presently is working a take a look at marketing campaign to hot-fire the primary engine in Esrange, Sweden.
“Signing on together with your first business buyer is at all times one thing particular,” stated Jörn Spurmann, Chief Industrial Officer at RFA. “We’re significantly proud that OHB Sweden chosen our extremely aggressive launch service, which is a good demonstration that we obtain traction within the business market. Particularly, since OHB Sweden is on the forefront of NewSpace, with the short turnaround time on the GMS-T mission launched in January, we imagine that this would be the place to begin of an awesome partnership.”
Dr Stefan Brieschenk, Chief Working Officer at RFA, added, “We’re really excited to supply the excellent capabilities of the RFA ONE launch service to OHB Sweden. This marks a serious milestone for future European entry to area in a brand new surroundings that enables for business options which are extremely cost-effective with a robust buyer focus. The orbital stage of the RFA ONE car can place the payloads exactly the place the client desires them to go, whereas offering a brand new dimension of flexibility that conventional launch providers and options don’t cowl.”
RFA is on the forefront of the worldwide new-space launch car growth, with its state-of-the-art staged-combustion engine expertise. This high-performance engine expertise, coupled to lowest-possible-cost manufacturing methods, is basically new to Europe, and thru the help of OHB, RFA managed to accumulate key applied sciences and key expertise that can propel the enterprise case of the RFA One launch car to permit it to compete on a world scale. Current firing checks have demonstrated that RFA is on a successful path to resolve Europe’s most effective and strongest rocket engine expertise. Lately, RFA gained the primary spherical of the German micro-launcher competitors of the German House Company DLR, which granted RFA with a letter of help to obtain 500.000 € of funding inside ESA’s Increase! programme. Within the subsequent spherical of the competitors, DLR and ESA will award a launch contract price 11.000.000 € for institutional payloads.
About OHB Sweden
OHB Sweden is a Swedish supplier of area methods and develops, builds, checks and operates satellites for various sorts of area missions inside communications, earth statement, area analysis and exploration. From low-orbiting satellites by way of geostationary ones and all the way in which as much as interplanetary missions. OHB Sweden is a member of the OHB SE Group (ISIN: DE0005936124, Prime Customary) which presently employs over 2.900 folks in its enterprise items House Methods, Aerospace and Digital. Inside this array, OHB Sweden AB belongs to House Methods.
About Rocket Manufacturing facility
Rocket Manufacturing facility was based in 2018 by Jörn Spurmann and Stefan Brieschenk, investor Hans Steininger and German aerospace firm OHB SE. The beginning-up’s aim is to develop a launch car prototype by the tip of 2022 that may transport satellites to low-Earth orbits on a weekly foundation at unrivalled costs. Rocket Manufacturing facility is aiming for exponential development within the booming New House market. The beginning-up’s aim is to mix most efficiency with extraordinarily cost-effective manufacturing processes and design rules. The specialists plan the idea of the rocket from the attitude of the satellites and the shoppers: Rocket Manufacturing facility will exactly launch satellites into the specified orbits utilizing a singular orbital stage. The launcher will thus present an end-to-end supply service for the final mile. The launcher combines three key aggressive benefits: a extremely cost-effective structure, exact in-orbit supply and superior propulsion expertise. The startup employs a group of 85 (as of March 2021) New House specialists from 25 totally different nations in Augsburg, Germany, who’ve earlier expertise in different launcher initiatives.