Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 22, 2022 On 20 June 2022, the German Space Agency (DLR) launched the...
On 20 June 2022, the German Space Agency launched the second round of its competition for zero-cost flights of small satellites on microlaunchers developed and constructed in Germany.
This time, the competition is not only aimed at European institutions, but also at start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises.
"The payload competition forms an important part of the German government's small satellite strategy and is a further step towards strengthening the small satellite segment in European spaceflight," explains Walther Pelzer, DLR Executive Board Member and Head of the German Space Agency at DLR. "In addition to supporting German launch service providers, we are now offering institutions and companies an attractive opportunity to test their small satellite technologies in space and conduct scientific experiments."
Up to 150 kilograms can be launched on each flight The fly-along opportunities are suitable for small satellites with scientific or commercial missions on board or that will test new technologies in space.
A total mass of up to 150 kilograms can be launched on each of the three remaining flights in the competition.
"The applications will be evaluated by a jury of five experts from DLR according to the competition criteria," explains Markus Wagener, Manager of the Small Satellites Programme within the German Space Agency at DLR. "These include, for example, the scientific and technological uniqueness, the development status of the satellite and the potential of the experiments on board for applications on Earth."
The first round of the payload competition took place in 2021.
Small satellite fly-along opportunity is part of the microlauncher competition The payload competition is part of the microlauncher competition that the German Space Agency at DLR has been organising since 2020 as part of the European Space Agency Boost! programme.
The German start-ups Isar Aerospace Technologies GmbH, Rocket Factory Augsburg AG and HyImpulse Technologies GmbH were successful in various phases of the microlauncher competition.
With lengths of only 28 and 30 metres respectively and diameters of two metres, they are designed to transport payloads weighing up to 1.5 tonnes and are thus ideally suited for launching small satellites.