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German launch schedule
« on: 01/07/2021 12:21 pm »
Orbital rockets:
  RFA One by Rocket Factory Augsburg
  Spectrum by ISAR Aerospace
  SL1 by HyImpulse
  Aurora spaceplane by Polaris

Launched:
Date - Rocket - Payload - Launch site (location) - Time (UTC)

(No orbital launches yet.)

Scheduled:
Date - Rocket  - Payload - Launch site (location)

() = unconfirmed, outdated schedule

summer 2024 - RFA One - Demo launch 1: 7 smallsats  - SaxaVord (Shetland, UK)
Dec. 2024 - RFA One - Demo launch 2: 8 smallsats - SaxaVord (Shetland, UK)
(2023) - Spectrum - Demo launch 1 - Andøya (Norway)
(2023) - Spectrum - Demo launch 2: 19 experimental satellites - Andøya (Norway)
(late 2023) - RFA One - Plus Ultra Space Outpost moon orbiter - ?
(mid 2024) - RFA One - OHB Sweden satellite(s) - ?
(mid 2024) - RFA One - OHB Cosmos satellite(s) - ?
(mid 2025) - RFA One -  OHB LuxSpace satellite(s) - ?
2025 - RFA One - ? - CSG (Kourou), may be the same launch as one of the above
Q4 2025 - SL1  - Demo launch - Esrange (Sweden) or SaxaVord (Shetland, UK)
2026 - Spectrum - Spaceflight rideshare - Andøya (Norway)
2026 - Aurora - maiden flight (orbital or suborbital?)
(2026) - Spectrum - LMU astrophysics satellite - ?
? - Spectrum -  Airbus EO satellite - ?

Rideshare paylods:

(2022-2025) - Spectrum - EnduroSat cubesats - Andøya, multiple flights
(2022-2026) - Spectrum - 10 OroraTech cubesats, multiple flights
(2023) - Spectrum - ION SCV - Andøya
(2023) - RFA One - Neutron Star Systems demonstrator
(Q1 2024) - Spectrum - Astrocast cubesat
2024-2029 - Spectrum - Exotrail spacetugs - Andøya and CSG, multiple flights
? - RFA One - Sener E.T.PACK demonstrator

German launch sites:

NET 2024 - GOSA North Sea platform

German satellites:

See Wikipedia list in German and English translation.



2021-02-03  SL1 "unclear" => 2023
2021-02-15  RFA One 2022 => late 2022
2021-04-01  added RFA One mid 2024 with OHB payload
2021-04-14  added Andøya site option for first Spectrum launch
2021-04-27  added Spectrum with Airbus satellite, date unknown
2021-04-27  added RFA One launches for OHB Cosmos and OHB LuxSpace
2021-05-03  added second Spectrum demo launch
2023-10-20  almost everything slips to a later year
2023-10-20  added Plus Ultra moon mission (RFA) and Spaceflight ridershare (Spectrum)
2023-10-20  added rideshare payloads
2023-10-21  added demo launch payloads
2023-10-21  added RFA One launch from Kourou in 2025
2023-11-15  first RFA One launch slips from Q2 to summer 2024
2023-11-23  added RFA One demo launch 2
2024-02-07  added Polaris Aurora spaceplane
« Last Edit: 02/07/2024 04:47 pm by PM3 »
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Re: German launch schedule
« Reply #1 on: 02/15/2021 01:51 pm »
Hyimpulse SL1 in 2023:
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It is scheduled to launch for the first time in 2023 and is made for transporting small satellites to near-earth orbit at altitudes of 400 to 600 kilometers.
Stuttgarter Nachrichten, 2 February 2021

RFA One in late 2022:
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first launch end of 2022
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 11 February 2022

ISAR Spectrum in 2022:
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The company is targeting 2022 for its first launch.
Ars Technica, 21 November 2020
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Re: German launch schedule
« Reply #2 on: 02/15/2021 10:48 pm »
Is it just me, or have the German companies (Isar/RFA/HyImpulse) all taken a "Sure, we're looking into it!" approach to launch sites? At various times, I've read about one or more of them launching from Guiana (Isar, RFA), Andøya (RFA), Esrange (Isar/RFA, HyImpulse), Shetland (HyImpulse), Whalers Way (HyImpulse), and the North Sea (Isar/RFA/HyImpulse). I guess they don't want to rule anything out before finishing the rockets, but it also makes me wonder where they are on developing their ground infrastructure.

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Re: German launch schedule
« Reply #3 on: 04/01/2021 07:36 pm »
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Augsburg, 31. Marxch 2021. OHB Sweden, a subsidiary of the space and technology group OHB SE, has signed a launch service agreement with Rocket Factory Augsburg AG (RFA) for a mission that is planned for mid 2024.
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With this contract we secure a launch opportunity for one of our commercial customers.
https://www.ohb.de/news
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Re: German launch schedule
« Reply #4 on: 04/14/2021 02:49 pm »
Isar Aerospace has signed a long-term agreement with a spaceport...and surprise surprise, it's not one that I associated with them in my previous comment. Rather, they've now got an exclusive pad at Andøya. I did have "Isar interested in Andøya?" in my notes before, but I didn't have a source previously and so didn't want to post speculation. Well, now we have a source.

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Re: German launch schedule
« Reply #5 on: 04/27/2021 01:35 pm »
https://spacenews.com/german-startup-isar-aerospace-signs-first-launch-contract/

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Airbus Defense and Space plans to launch a future Earth observation satellite on Isar Aerospace’s Spectrum rocket, a two-stage rocket designed to deliver up to 700 kilograms of payload to sun-synchronous orbit. The contract announced April 22 includes options for additional Spectrum launches but does not specify a timeline for the one firm mission.

https://www.ohb.de/en/news/2021/rocket-factory-augsburg-signs-further-launch-contracts

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Augsburg, Germany April 27, 2021. OHB Cosmos International Launch Services GmbH, a company of OHB SE’s newly established business segment OHB DIGITAL, as well as LuxSpace, the group’s Luxembourg-based satellite manufacturer, both signed a contract for a dedicated launch with Germany-based launch service provider, Rocket Factory Augsburg AG (RFA), for upcoming missions scheduled for mid-2024 and 2025.

Note: There is a maintained launch schedule in the first post of this thread.
« Last Edit: 04/27/2021 04:27 pm by PM3 »
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Re: German launch schedule
« Reply #6 on: 09/09/2021 02:54 am »
Cross-posts:

Announcement of Opportunity for the Launch of Satellites on the Spectrum Demonstration Flights

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As participation condition of the German micro launcher competition, Isar Aerospace will offer
launch opportunities for institutional payloads of up to 150 kg total mass including adapters
and/or dispensers on each of their two demonstration flights of the Spectrum launch vehicle. The
number of payloads per flight is not pre-defined. The selection of payloads will be done by the
German Space Agency at DLR in consultation with Isar Aerospace and ESA.

<snip>

The maiden flight is currently planned for Q3 2022, the followup flight in 2023.

<snip>

The maximum aggregated mass of the spacecrafts/payloads eligible under this Announcement of
Opportunity is 150 kg.

<snip>

The reference orbit for the maiden flight is a low altitude polar orbit (< 400 km). Other polar orbits
might be considered within the Spectrum launch system capabilities and in line with achievable
orbits from the Andøya Spaceport. The altitude may change for the second Spectrum flight.

<snip>

The applications of all potential payload providers are to be delivered to the German Space Agency
at DLR by October 31st, 2021.

Isar Aerospace to launch OroraTech wildfire monitoring cubesat constellation

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JOHANNESBURG — German launch startup Isar Aerospace has signed a contract with OroraTech to launch the company’s wildfire monitoring cubesat constellation.

Isar Aerospace is developing its two-stage Spectrum rocket to launch payloads of up to 700 kilograms to sun-synchronous orbit. The maiden flight of Spectrum is currently slated for the second half of 2022.

Under the contract announced Sept. 7, Isar Aerospace will conduct multiple Spectrum launches to deploy more than 10 OroraTech cubesats into sun-synchronous orbit between 2022 and 2026. OroraTech will also retain the option for additional flights to launch its full constellation of several hundred cubesats aboard Spectrum missions.

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Re: German launch schedule
« Reply #7 on: 09/10/2021 07:48 pm »
Note: I have stopped maintaining this schedule for the same reason as here. The dates published by startup launcher companies and payload providers are often bogus - most of the launches will not happen in the announced years. Agree to ringsider that it is kind of disinformation to compile a schedule from those dates.
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Re: German launch schedule
« Reply #8 on: 10/20/2023 01:06 pm »
I have resumed maintaining the list in post #1 and done a complete overhaul.

As of June 2023, the first German orbital launch attempt is scheduled for April 2024: The first RFA One rocket is to launch from SaxaVord Spaceport. Expect some more slips.

ISAR Aerospace launch schedule has gone completely off the rails. First launch from Andøya is still reported for 2023, while there is no indication that any rocket is being built.

Hyimpulse suborbital demonstrator SR75 was announced to launch in 2022, but it did not. SL1 orbital launch has slipped from a very optimistic 2023 to a very optimistic 2025.
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