06 Dec, 2022

Isar Aerospace and German Space Agency at DLR announce selected payloads for second flight of Spectrum launch vehicle

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  • 10 European institutions and SMEs with a total of 19 spacecrafts have been selected to launch on the second flight of Isar Aerospace’s launch vehicle Spectrum

  • Payloads have been selected as part of the Microlauncher Payload Competition conducted by the German Space Agency at DLR

  • The Microlauncher competition is an important building block for the development of Europe’s commercial private space ecosystem

Munich, 06 December 2022 – Today, at the first German Small Satellite conference, Isar Aerospace and the German Space Agency at DLR have announced the selection of payloads for the second flight of the company’s launch vehicle Spectrum, planned for 2023-2024. The payloads have been selected in the process of the Microlauncher competition, which included an Announcement of Opportunity for European payloads to come on board Spectrum's second flight for free. The small satellites, with a total mass of approx. 150 kg, including the deployers, will be transported into a LEO orbit from Andøya in Norway.

Selected payloads from European research institutes, student research groups and SMEs mainly used to demonstrate technologies

Ten European research institutions and small to medium-sized companies, a total of 19 spacecrafts, from Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Norway, and Spain, have won the competition and were selected to fly on Spectrum’s second flight.

Research institutes and student research groups:

  • Austria, Vienna | TU Vienna Space Team

  • Finland, Vaasa | University of Vaasa

  • Germany, Berlin | Technical University Berlin

  • Germany, Bremen | German Aerospace Center – Institute of Space Systems

  • Norway, Trondheim | Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

  • Spain, Madrid | Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)

Small and medium sized companies:

  • Bulgaria, Sofia | EnduroSat

  • Finland, Helsinki | ReOrbit Oy

  • Spain, Elche | EMXYS

  • Spain, Nigrán | UARX Space

The selected payloads are in-orbit demonstration and validation of technologies ranging from IoT and AI applications to communication, Earth observation, and environmental measurements. These technologies will help the institutes and companies to gain experience and validate their products.

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Part of the selected winners with Dr. Anna Christmann, Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy and Isar Aerospace representatives (Credit: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.)

An important building block for the development of Europe’s commercial private space ecosystem

With the Microlauncher competition, the German government entrusts a privately financed European space company under the ESA C-STS program to transport institutional payloads into orbit.

“Congratulations to the winners of this round! We are pleased to welcome the payloads onboard of Spectrum’s second flight and very happy to provide such great projects with access to space. Pushing the development of research and technology in space will help grow the overall private space ecosystem in Europe,” says Daniel Metzler, CEO of Isar Aerospace.

DLR and ESA have set up the Microlauncher competition as a program to drive forward the commercialization of European spaceflight and drive competition, especially in the field of smaller payloads. Isar Aerospace achieved the top place in the German Microlauncher competition in April 2021, for which it received 11 million euros towards the launch of institutional payloads on its first two flights.

“Technological excellence and cost-efficient value creation processes are the basis for positioning oneself successfully in the dynamic and growing small satellite market. Start-ups and SMEs play an essential role here due to their agility," says Walther Pelzer, Member of the DLR Executive Board and Director General of the German Space Agency at DLR. "The reliable prospect of public contracts helps young companies in particular to secure funding. Our microlauncher and payload competitions are key elements here," adds Pelzer, referring to the role of the state as an anchor customer.

About Isar Aerospace

Isar Aerospace, based in Ottobrunn/Munich, develops and builds launch vehicles for transporting small and medium-sized satellites as well as satellite constellations into Earth’s orbit. The company was founded in 2018 as a spin-off from Technical University Munich. Since then, it has grown to more than 300 employees from more than 40 nations with many years of hands-on rocket know-how as well as experience within other high-tech industries. The company is privately financed by former SpaceX VP Bulent Altan as well as world-leading investors including Airbus Ventures, Apeiron, Earlybird, HV Capital, Lakestar, Lombard Odier, Porsche SE, UVC Partners, and Vsquared Ventures.

Find more information via: https://www.isaraerospace.com/

About the German Space Agency at DLR

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is the Federal Republic of Germany’s research centre for aeronautics and space. The organisation also conducts research and development activities in the fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitalisation. Within DLR the German Space Agency implements the Federal Government’s space strategy. More than 330 employees based in Bonn coordinate all of the German space activities at national and European levels and represents German space interests worldwide on behalf of the Federal Government. The tasks of German Space Agency at DLR include the planning and implementation of the national space programme and the management of Germany’s contributions to the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

Press contact Isar Aerospace

Tina Schmitt, Communications and Brand

Press contact German Space Agency at DLR

Elke Heinemann, Communications


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