Small launcher startups MaiaSpace, PLD & RFA agree: There’s no business case for a reusable small launch vehicle

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — European startup launch service providers PLD Space, MaiaSpace and Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) agreed that designing for reusability doesn’t make business sense for small rockets.

But PLD and MaiaSpace are doing it anyway to prepare for their move to bigger vehicles and as a hedge against possible future European launch regulations.

Everyone has heard Elon Musk’s argument that throwing away a rocket after one use is as dumb as scrapping a commercial aircraft after one flight. And

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