The German government is reviewing a proposal from its space industry to develop mobile satellite launchpads. The initiative plans to use the launchpads for small satellites’ inauguration, not weighing more than one tonne, carried in Germany-built launch vehicle rockets. Although the government still intends to announce the site selected for the launchpad officially, many people speculate its location within Germany’s economic zone.
Current mainstream media reports show that the Federation of German Industries (BDI) advocates implementing the project. The German government declared that the project is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). The BDI proposal for the country’s launchpad project is technically viable and seeks to develop strategic and economic meaning. Germany’s digital economy heavily relies on satellites that provide a network for upcoming technological advancements such as autonomous cars and other self-driving vehicles.
Developments within the space industry unlock the potential for growth of the digital economy; such projects make the sector attractive to start-up companies. The Isar Aerospace, based in Ottobrunn, is one of the three German start-up companies involved in the launchpad project proposal. The Isar Aerospace specializes in the design and manufacture of two-stage rockets that measure 89ft high. The company plans to conduct its space launch missions for the rockets as of next year. Bulent Altan, formerly the deputy director at SpaceX, is among the advisors at Isar Aerospace. Elon Musk, a tech billionaire, is the CEO of SpaceX based in the United States.
The vision is to design launchpads to inaugurate rockets with no boosters, unlike the rockets that the European Space Agency launches at its Kourou inauguration site in French Guiana. The German government plans to develop launchpads, particularly for mini-rockets. Several space companies and agencies around the world continue to build miniature rockets of similar architecture.
There is a growing popularity for compact satellites that operate on low-cost, miniature electronics. Space cooperations continue to launch these satellites in constellations of 30 to 60 satellites carried in big launch vehicle rockets. Space regulatory continues to urge companies within the industry to develop miniature and agile rockets that are more responsive to the market’s demands. The German government stated its intentions to finance projects within the country’s micro-launcher sector. Other Northern European states such as the United Kingdom, Norway, and Sweden are at the forefront of the initiative.
In summary, there is unlimited potential for the development of the space industry as many space cooperations innovate technological advancements designed to help humankind reach for planets beyond. Countries that foster policies and regulations that favor growth in the space industry continue solidifying their digital technology economy’s reputation.