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ESA boosts Rocket Factory Augsburg’s launch vehicle

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Paris, 2 November 2020. – A boost from ESA: The German launch service provider Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) receives support from the European Space Agency (ESA) to further develop its launch vehicle, the company announced.

RFA is the first company to sign a contract for Boost, ESA’s Commercial Space Transportation Services and Support program, receiving 500.000 € for the development of the first stage demonstrator of its RFA ONE launch vehicle, the company said.

„Being the first company to sign a contract within ESA Boost underlines our position at the forefront of commercialization of space transportation in Europe.” said Jörn Spurmann, Chief Commercial Officer at RFA. “We are very happy that the DLR Microlauncher competition enables this program and we are very much looking forward to the next phase.”

RFA “will be testing its first stage demonstrator for the RFA ONE launch vehicle. The activities under the scope of this project cover detailed design, manufacturing as well as testing of the first stage demonstrator for a successful proof-of-concept and final qualification towards its respective development roadmap milestones throughout 2021,” RFA said.

The company recently qualified the upper stage tank system and is currently preparing hot-fire tests of the main engine in Esrange, Sweden. RFA ONE’s first launch is scheduled for 2022.

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