Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Germany joins the new space race

 

Rocket Factory

 Several German projects are ready to compete in the space exploration business against heavyweights like SpaceX and Virgin Galactics.

Space exploration has been out of reach for most governments for decades due to the difficulties of getting beyond our planet. Most countries simply did not have the enormous finances required to send objects into space.

Despite the fact that more than 60 countries have a space program, just ten have succeeded in launching rockets beyond Earth on their own. However, technical advancements have reduced expenses, and the moment appears to be approaching when space and its offshoot activities, such as space tourism, will be more accessible.

The space and suborbital flight business is dominated by American companies such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactics, but other companies from across the world are not willing to miss out. Germany has just demonstrated that it will be a formidable rival in this race.

Three German projects are currently competing in the field of extraterrestrial exploration. The idea is to launch dozens of satellites, forming a network that will give Internet access and intelligent vehicle support.

Three companies from Germany are aiming for the top.

Last week, the Rocket Factory Augsburg successfully tested a satellite utilizing a staggered burn method. They would be able to carry 30% more payload aboard the spacecraft using this way. Until date, only American billionaire corporations like SpaceX (Elon Musk) and Blue Orgin had used this strategy (Jeff Bezos).

HyImpulse, situated in Baden-Württemberg, is another German business that has piqued the curiosity of all space exploration professionals. It recently completed its maiden engine test with wax-based gasoline in order to improve fuel economy.

The German firm that has piqued the public's interest has yet to conduct substantial experiments, although it is the most well-funded of the bunch. Isar Aerospace is supported by multibillion-dollar companies, including Lombard Odier, a Swiss bank. They intend to launch their first rocket, the "Spectrum," by 2022, with more than €150 million in finance.

These firms do not aspire to launch huge rockets like NASA or the European Space Agency (ESA). They want to do a lot of mini-launches on a regular basis. Rather than launching enormous quantities of supplies and many people into space, these mini-rockets would serve as space cabs. By 2027, the small space transportation market is expected to increase to more than €30 billion.

The director of Rocket Factory Augsburg, Joern Spurman, states, "We aim to create a Henry Ford moment." Before all of these businesses venture into space, now is the moment to draft a new space legislation to ensure that we do not conquer the stars, but rather live among them.

 Article by Gerluxe Image: dw.com

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