Isar Aerospace wins German government’s 1st-round launcher competition; $13.3M & an ESA entry

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The German government’s selection of Isar Aerospace as the winner of the first-round competition among three German smallsat launch startups is not about the money — just 11 million euros ($13.3 million).

It’s about this particular German government’s determination to impose a new reality on what others in Europe say are immutable laws of the market, and particularly the remarkably difficult commercial launch services market.

It is said: There are too many small-satellite launchers. Europe should consolidate its effort into a . . .

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