Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) looks to mid-year 100-second firing of staged-combustion engine & fresh financing

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — It’s not every day you hear a small-launch vehicle startup say rockets are becoming commodities and that small rockets are particularly difficult business cases.

But that’s how Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) Chief Executive Stefan Tweraser sees his company.

“We need to focus on price and cost leadership,” Tweraser said, addressing the commodity problem. On small-is-not-better: “We have built scalability into our rocket from Day One. It’s super-hard to make a successful business case with a small rocket. Ultimately . . .

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