DLR in La La Land: German Aerospace Center puts showmanship ahead of engineering in launcher evaluation

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The German government on April 1 began reviewing proposals from three startup launch service providers competing for $13 million in German government funding and, importantly, German support for a co-funded development program with the 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA).

The three companies, HyImpulse Technologies, Isar Aerospace and Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA), each received 500,000 euros in government Phase 1 support in mid-2020 as part of a Phase 1 small-launcher support effort.

Phase 2 will select . . .

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